Turkey’s Opposition Leader “Let’s Give 6 Billion Euros the EU Let them Take All Refugees
Turkey’s main opposition leader Kılıçdaroğlu has said the country would be better off giving the European Union 6 billion euros to take away all the refugees it has been hosting than asking for more money and becoming a “buffer province” for the bloc, while calling the deal struck at a recent summit between the EU and Turkey “against human rights” and “the utmost disrespect to humanity.”
At a special summit on the migration crisis held in Brussels on March 7, the Turkish government and the EU agreed on a deal due to be finalized on March 17-18 which would see Turkey take back all illegal migrants landing in Greece.
“We mentioned 3 billion [euros] for one year and they were insisting on two years. I said, ‘we have brought in a new dimension: We want an additional 3 billion [euros],’” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was quoted as saying while en route from Brussels to Turkey.
“With this decision, Europeans have been considering Turkey as a buffer zone between Europe and the Middle East,” the CHP leader said. “With this deal, Europe is not abiding by its own values and rules. Those who regard this as ‘Kayseri bargaining,’ may have been assuming ‘we have deceived the Europeans and gained a good advantage.’ But believe me, nobody from Kayseri would sing about this. As far as I know, all Kayseri people are esteemed people; they know about commerce well but they would not sign such a deal, because nobody from Kayseri would like Kayseri to be a buffer zone. You are making Turkey a ‘buffer province,’” he said.
“Let us give 6 billion euros to them [the EU] and let them take all Syrian, Afghan and Pakistani [refugees] themselves,” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said