Cavusoglu: “My father cannot find a shepherd”
Turkey will not repatriate all the Syrian refugees, due to crucial need for employment in Turkey's agriculture, industry, and markets, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday.
Speaking to Turkey’s Haberturk TV, Cavusoglu said, “My father has sheep, and he complains that he cannot find a shepherd. There is currently a need for labor.”
He added: "It would not be accurate to say that we will send back 100% of the migrants. Currently, there is a need for employment in Turkey's agriculture sector, industry, and markets. There are a significant number of Syrians who need to return. We will send them back safely. The roadmap includes sending a much larger number of Syrians back to Syria."
Cavusoglu also underscored the importance of crucial elements such as ensuring the safe return of refugees, preparing the necessary infrastructure, receiving support from the international community, and guaranteeing personal safety. He emphasized that a comprehensive roadmap is being prepared, with the involvement of the United Nations and support from the international community, including the European Union.
The agreed-upon roadmap will be developed by a committee and presented to Turkey. Notably, the plan includes sending more Syrians to the secure zone for expedited repatriation, ultimately paving the way for their return to areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar al Assad.