The opposition candidate for the Turkish presidency, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, has declared his intention to repatriate Syrian refugees within two years if elected in May.
Speaking in Eskişehir province during his election campaign, Kilicdaroglu questioned the presence of three million Syrians in Turkey, arguing that they are preventing Turkish youth from finding employment.
He emphasized his commitment to work towards their safe return to Syria, with the assistance of the European Union in funding the construction of schools and roads.
In his address to supporters of the AKP and the MHP, Kilicdaroglu also criticized the lack of protection at Turkey’s borders.
The opposition leaders reached an agreement in March to nominate the leader of the main secular party to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the upcoming elections, bringing an end to months of controversy and division.
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