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Turkey to press for safe zone in Syria

AP , Wednesday 29 Aug 2012
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Turkey's foreign minister says he will press the UN Security Council to set up a safe haven inside Syria to protect thousands of people fleeing violence.

Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters Wednesday that Turkey wants the UN to protect and shelter refugees in camps in Syria. He was speaking before leaving for New York to attend a high-level UN Security Council meeting on Syria.

Turkey has taken in more than 80,000 refugees and has warned it will struggle if the numbers rise substantially.

An official said one of four new camps Turkey is building opened late Tuesday, allowing authorities to start letting in several thousand more Syrians who were waiting on the Syrian side of the border.

The UN refugee agency has said up to 200,000 refugees could flee to Turkey.

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