Poland may decide to accept war-torn Syrians for treatment: FM
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Poland is considering accepting people affected by the war in Syria for medical treatment, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said.
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski (right) and his Norwegian counterpart
Borge Brende at the meeting in Sopot, Poland. Photo: PAP/Adam Warżawa
This would mean opening a humanitarian corridor in response to appeals from Poland’s Roman Catholic Church leaders as well as Pope Francis to help refugees, he suggested.
Waszczykowski made the statement at a press conference in the northern Polish city of Sopot on Tuesday after a meeting of foreign ministers from Central European, Nordic and Baltic states.
This kind of assistance to “the victims of the nearly seven-year conflict in Syria" would not be about "resettlement,” but about “humanitarian aid and short-term treatment," Waszczykowski said.
He added that the government in Warsaw was still at an early stage of “thinking about humanitarian corridors.”
Poland chiefly follows a policy of providing help to “people affected by war right where they are: in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan," Waszczykowski told reporters.
Poland is also part of many international assistance programmes and contributes to a huge pool of European funds sent to Turkey to help contain the refugee crisis, Waszczykowski said. (str/pk)