May 2, 2023

The Turkish opposition writer known for his closeness to the leadership of the Future Party, Hakan Albayrak, warned of a catastrophe that threatens Turkish society if the opposition fulfills its promises related to the deportation of Syrian refugees to their country within two years if it wins the upcoming elections.

“If the Republican People’s Party comes to power and tries to do what it says about Syrian refugees, we may be exposed to chaos that we cannot deal with,” said the writer in Fikr newspaper.

The writer saluted the position of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, who said earlier that they would not “feed” migrants to anyone.

“They made their lives here.”
Addressing the poles of the opposition, the writer added: “Syrian refugees in Turkey are also respectable people who made their lives here, and are not things that can be bought and placed there.”

He continued, “They will send 3,600,000 Syrians in three years, regardless of life, work, strength, emotions, and dreams that they have built here for years, at a rate of 3-5 thousand people per day!”

The writer criticized the opposition’s statements and threats regarding the deportation of Syrian refugees, and wrote in his article: “How will this be? Do they break into the neighborhoods of the Syrians and collect people like picking potatoes in the field? Are they going to load the potatoes in the truck and send them to Syria as if they were just vegetables?”

He continued, denouncing: “Where to in Syria? To the arms of the bloody dictatorship from which they fled? Or to the areas under the control of the Turkish Armed Forces and the Syrian National Army, where poverty and chaos prevail, in addition to a population of 3,600,000 people.

He also wrote: “What if they do not agree to be pushed collectively into this darkness?” Kılıçdaroğlu says: “We will reach an agreement with the Assad administration, and we will guarantee the safety of the lives and property of the returning asylum seekers.” But even if that is done, what are the guarantees? Assad can provide it?”

‘Chaos we can’t afford’
And the writer continued: “Nobody knows about it, or even if they know about it, they don’t say it. Let me say something: If the CHP comes to power and tries to do what it says about the Syrian refugees, we may be exposed to chaos that we cannot bear.” .

The writer also noted the position of the Republican People’s Party on what it called “the mandate of Syria and Iraq,” as it opposed extending the mandate of the Turkish soldiers serving in northern Syria, and this “means that if it can, it will withdraw the Turkish soldiers from there.”

He also warned that handing over northern Syria to Assad’s militias could lead to violent clashes, aerial bombardment and millions of new refugees, recalling the speech of Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu when he stipulated an agreement on the political process in Syria for the return of refugees.

Turkish opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu constantly renews his calls to send Syrians in Turkey to their country within two years without racism, stressing that they will complete infrastructure services such as housing, kindergartens and roads in Syria.

This comes less than two weeks before the election date in Turkey, as the country is witnessing a state of political polarization between the Turkish parties, exacerbated by the economic situation, the decline in the exchange rate of the lira, and the presence of Syrian refugees.

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