Leader of Turkey's Largest Opposition Party: We Will Return Syrian Refugees to their Country

Alexander Falconer | 15 May, 2018

The leader of the Turkish opposition Republican People's Party, Kamal Kulijdar Oglu, has vowed to return Syrian refugees to their country in the event of his candidate winning the Turkish presidential election. 

According to the Anadolu news network, Oglu said that "we will end the war in Syria as quickly as possible, and then we will help our Syrian brothers rebuild their homes, schools, parks, and infrastructure. Then we will say to them: Please go back to your homes, go back to the land of your fathers".

Olgu, who is the leader of Turkey's largest opposition party, said that sometimes Turkish nationals are treated as second-class citizens and Syrians are dealt with as first-class citizens, as he put it. 

Oglu has on more than one occasion called for the repatriation of Syrian refugees, and has demanded that the Turkish government maintain communications and diplomatic relations with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Turkish opposition parties more broadly have begun to invoke slogans calling for the return of Syrian refugees as part of their election campaigns. On 6 May, the leader of the al-Khair Party, Meral Akshinar, also said that he would promise to repatriate Syrians if in government following the elections. 

Translated By: Alexander Falconer