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Turkey, UNHCR discuss voluntary repatriation of Syrians

Anadolu Agency TURKEY
Published November 12,2019
Syrian men walk pass a Syrian fastfood restaurant on July 4 ,2016 in Fatih neighbourhood in Istanbul.

Turkey and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) discussed Monday voluntary repatriation of Syrians to their home country, according to Turkey's Foreign Ministry.

"Discussions took place today (11 November) in Geneva on the voluntary repatriation of Syrians between the respective teams of Turkey and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [...]," the ministry said in a written statement.

It added that the meeting held under the auspices of Turkey's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yavuz Selim Kiran and Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Gillian Triggs.

The ministry noted that follow-up discussions will be held in Turkey, without specifying a date.

"Turkey, hosting the largest refugee population in the world, remains committed to working with UNHCR on all refugee matters, including durable solutions for Syrians," it added.

Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring in early October to eliminate the terrorist YPG/PKK from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.

Ankara wants YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from the region so that a safe zone can be created to pave the way for the safe return of some two million refugees.