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Erdogan demands more cash from EU to support Syrian refugees

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday his country needs more money from the European Union to support the millions of Syrians and Iraqis who have sought refuge in Turkey.

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"We have not received enough support from the international community, especially from the EU," Erdogan said in his speech to the UN General Assembly in New York.

Erdogan claimed Ankara has spent more than $30 billion on refugee aid, but has received only $820 million out of $3 billion pledged by the EU for 2016-17.

He said Turkey meets their needs for food, shelter, education and health care, adding that it could not remain indifferent to the tragedy of people it sees as its brothers and sisters.

Noting that none of the aid money it receives goes into Turkey's budget, he called on countries to help Turkey with the "burden" of 3 million Syrian refugees and 200,000 Iraqi refugees that has been placed on its shoulders.

The EU intends its aid to support Turkey in receiving the refugees from Syria. The funds are to be used for the construction of schools for refugee children and for health care among other things.

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