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Syria-Turkey dispute

October 15, 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Saturday, October 13, expressed solidarity for Turkey following the recent mortar attack on Turkish soil by Syrian forces and for Turkey’s efforts to assist Syrian refugees.

Minister Carr said he had this week spoken with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to pass on Australia’s support for a peaceful solution to the ongoing border conflict.

“I’ve visited Jordan and seen the refugee camps first-hand and spoken to the Lebanese Foreign Minister about the pressure on his country,” Senator Carr said.

“Until there’s a ceasefire and negotiations in Syria, the pressures on its neighbours will grow more intense.

“Turkey is right to express its grave concern at recent cross-border incidents, and deserves Australia’s support in this and in its efforts to assist Syrian refugees.”

More than 30,000 Syrians have died in the current civil conflict, and the United Nations has estimated more than 2.5 million others are in need of humanitarian care.

There are an estimated 300,000 Syrian refugees in camps in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

In September, Australia provided another $4 million for Syrian medical aid, comprising:

• an additional $2 million for medical supplies and emergency food aid in Syria; and
• an additional $2 million for food, shelter and health care in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan and elsewhere.

This $4 million additional contribution lifted Australia’s commitment to the Syrian humanitarian crisis to $24.5 million. Australia is now the third largest national contributor to humanitarian aid for Syria, behind the United States and the United Kingdom.

  1. Ralf Kluin permalink
    October 15, 2012 10:09 am

    As I read your words, you made even clearer to me, just how interactive all the nations of the world have become. Australia is a great nation, and together with many “just” minded people living within other nations, we are involved in this great challenge to reduce man made pollution, seeking to preserve a clean global environment whilst sustaining an ever populating human species. Overcoming bigotry, including the deliberate lies being told by some people about climate change and its impacts, including wars; I remain proud to be an Australian citizen and continue to campaign and foster the challenges confronting our living species. I suppose that as a society any number of us can suffer forms of human frailty, often at times caused by fear of the unknown and exhibited by deep seated self interest, ignorance as well as sheer greed and so on. I think that Abraham’s “better angels” hovering in our psyche at any time of day, will help maintain the balance between right and wrong. Good on you Bob, and the very best of everything to you and your parliamentary team, including the dedicated staff at the Foreign Office.

  2. October 15, 2012 12:06 pm

    Well, I hope this dispute between Syria and Turkey ends. There is a lot of people suffering in Syria. For their sake, it should stop!

  3. tom permalink
    October 18, 2012 10:00 am

    I think Australia’s position on the Syria among other issues, is counterproductive to its aims in gaining a seat in the UN Security Council.

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