Posted 31.08.2012 09:05:08 UTC
Updated 31.08.2012 09:26:09 UTC
Speaking at a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Syria refugees, which was convened upon the call of the term president France in New York, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said that the United Nations (UN) is being tested on the matter.
Mr. Davutoğlu called on the UN to take action in order to end the bloodshed in Syria.
"The UN is facing a serious test. This test is about whether the UN can display the good conscience of the international community and act in accordance with it or not.
In other words, whether it can translate humanity into practice or not. So far, the track record has not been promising," Davutoğlu told the UN Security Council meeting in New York on Thursday.
Turkish Foreign Minister also called for a series of urgent actions
Mr. Davutoğlu also called for a series of urgent actions over the Syrians fleeing violence in their country, and added that greater number of refugees arrived each day in the neighboring countries, including Turkey.
"A visit by the Security Council representatives to the refugee camps in the neighboring countries should be held in order to observe the impact and to have the first hand information about the situation," Davutoğlu suggested.
Hence, Davutoğlu underlined that the UN should set up camps within Syria to shelter the refugees on their own soil.
Davutoğlu also conveyed Turkey's views on establishing a security zone inside Syria in case the number of refugees in Turkey exceeded what Davutoğlu describes "the psychological threshold of 100,000."
The number of Syrians in Turkey is nearing 100,000
He added that the number of Syrians in Turkey is nearing 100,000 and currently, another 10 thousand are waiting on the Turkish border to enter.
Davutoglu said further that a joint committee formed by the neighboring countries and the UNHCR could be established to deal with the refugee issue, noting that such committee should be given a mandate by the UN Security Council.
The UNSC meeting may also discuss enforcing a no-flight zone in Syria.