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Turkey Crisis Planning Includes Soldiers in Syria, Milliyet Says

April 09, 2012

Turkish soldiers may establish buffer zones in Syria by the end of the month to protect civilians, Milliyet newspaper reported, citing interviews with unidentified officials.

Turkish soldiers could establish protective zones and humanitarian corridors in Syria after April 10 should the number of refugees in Turkey double to about 50,000 from about 25,000 now, the Istanbul-based newspaper said. The decision to enter Syria may be taken on security grounds without the approval of the United Nations, the paper said citing the Turkish officials.

U.S. senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman are expected to meet President Abdullah Gul today in Istanbul, and may also travel to refugee camps near Turkey’s border with Syria, Milliyet said.

The plans are part of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s vow that Turkey will take additional steps should Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not abide by an April 10 deadline agreed with the United Nations for a cease-fire, Milliyet said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Benjamin Harvey in Istanbul at bharvey11@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gavin Serkin at gserkin@bloomberg.net


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