29 September Sunday

CHP Chairman Kılıçdaroğlu: “Peoples of Turkey and Syria should live like a forest in brotherhood”

In his keynote speech at the International Syria Conference, Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu stressed the importance of restoring peace and stability in Syria to maintain tranquillity in Turkey. Meanwhile, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu underlined that “Our ultimate aim is for Syria to regain stability, and for Syrian refugees to be able to return to their homes safely and freely.”

The Republican People's Party (CHP) on Saturday held a conference titled "Gate to Peace in Syria", to discuss restoring peace and stability to the war-torn country at Tarabya Hotel in Sarıyer. The conference was attended by CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu, party lawmakers, diplomats from various countries, academics, experts, and journalists.

Outlining his proposal for peace in Syria in his keynote speech, Kılıçdaroğlu said: “We must never forget that the road between Ankara and Damascus is a shortcut to peace, and that only the Syrian people will decide the future of Syria.”

“We must adopt a concerted Syria policy so as not to stray between the interests of the United States and Russia. We must make diplomacy effective by talking to all actors in accordance with international law, especially the Syrian government. We have to review all our moves so far that are against international law. Once Syria is a safe country again, we must encourage the return of asylum seekers in our country,” the CHP Chairman added.

Speaking about Syrian refugees in his keynote speech, Mayor İmamoğlu said, “Before the civil war, Syria was unknown to most people around the world. But the human tragedy has reached such a level that it is now a center of international attention. Except for some of those who are prolonging the war, no one knows who is fighting against whom. Some decision-makers who are not thoroughly knowledgeable on the matter made a decision to add fuel to the flames. Later on, they not only accepted millions of people who fled from a friendly neighbouring country, but they also left them to their own fate. Most Syrians who found refuge in our country chose to build a future for themselves here rather than taking part in a war they did not believe in. We cannot blame them for this.” 

Stressing his responsibility on the matter as the Mayor of Istanbul, İmamoğlu said, “The administration of a city that hosts nearly a million refugees cannot act like there is nothing going on. Unfortunately, this is what has happened. It is essential that we understand and manage this issue well if we don’t want the existence of Syrians in our country to lead the way for serious social problems.”

“Our ultimate aim is for Syria to regain stability, and for Syrian refugees to be able to return to their homes safely and freely. We will sustain our efforts to mobilize the international community on this matter. The only source that will illuminate our path in this respect is our conscience,” the Mayor added.


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