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    Turkey 'Will Have to Agree' on International Observers at Syrian Border

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    Turkey said it would consider establishing international control at two border-crossing points at the Syrian border, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

    He noted that Resolution 2165 adopted by the UN Security Council prescribes establishing control over humanitarian supplies and deploying observers to the border area.

    According to former Turkish diplomat Metin Corabatir, Ankara will have to agree to deploy UN observers to the border and establish an outpost at the Syrian border.

    "Of course, the issue is now being discussed. This discussion was intensified by the normalization between Moscow and Ankara, especially after President Erdogan’s visit to Russia. Turkey is now in a weak position and has to find ways to reach a consensus with Russia over Syria. This is why Ankara will have to agree to deploy observers at the Syrian border," Corabatir told Sputnik.

    He added that one of the main mistakes Ankara has made during the Syrian crisis was the fact that Turkey has kept international observers and specialists away from refugee camps. As a result, now there is a lack of information about the actual humanitarian situation in the region, he explained.

    The text of the resolution says that neighboring countries should keep their corridors open for deliveries of humanitarian supplies. The resolution also prescribes delivering humanitarian aid to besieged areas. In addition, according to the document, supplies delivered by the UN can be checked by the destination country and by UN personnel.

    Ankara would have to let UN and other organizations examine its humanitarian supplies to Syria because previously Russia suggested that humanitarian aid coming from Turkey to Syria could include supplies for militant groups, Corabatir underscored.

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    military conflict, humanitarian aid, United Nations, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Syria, Turkey, Russia
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