Some say that by establishing such a zone, Turkey could break international laws with mass resettlement. Yet one expert points out an entirely different problem

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with his incursion into northeastern Syria, has been talking about the establishment of a so-called safe zone for refugees from the Syrian civil war, now closing in on its ninth year.

The refugees he has in mind are most likely some, or all, of the 2.6 million now huddling in Turkey, which means a potential mass transfer, something that could have massive ramifications for human rights, a fact being pointed out by critics of the idea of a safe zone.

But Heiko Wimmen, project director for Iraq, Syria and Lebanon at the International Crisis Group, a non-governmental organization advocating for the peaceful resolution of conflicts, tells The Media Line that Turkey could be thinking more about its own safety than the safety of Syrian refugees.


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