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Turkey's Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, speaks about the Ministerial meeting of Syria bordering countries, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini

Turkey's Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, speaks about the Ministerial meeting of Syria bordering countries, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu reiterated once again Turkey's uncompromising stance against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the use of chemical weapons in Syria, in an interview with the private broadcaster Habertürk.

Davutoğlu stressed once again that the government had "no doubt" that a chemical attack was carried out by the regime, after long evaluations with experts on the matter.
 
"Such an attack can only be performed with missiles by experienced experts, that kind who are only held by the Syrian regime," he stated regarding the chemical attacks in Homs and Damascus.
 
The foreign minister added that if the al-Assad regime gained time with a months-long inventory taking of weapons, this would amount to a "green light" for more massacres, Anadolu Agency has reported.

The attack was conducted to punish the civilian people and stop them supporting the opposition, Davutoğlu said.
 
Asked about possible threats that Turkey might face in the event of an attack against Syria, Davutoğlu said the presence of a regime that could use chemical weapons did constitute a threat, but refrained from giving a timetable for an operation.
 
Turkey manages crisis well
 
"Despite harsh criticisms during the installation of Patriot missiles in Turkey, we have taken all necessary measures to protect our people," Davutoğlu said, adding that the refugee situation in the country was also being handled well.
 
"Turkey has managed the refugee crisis quite well, in a way that other countries admire," he said.

The official number of Syrian refugees in Turkey recently surpassed 200,000, but the total number is estimated to be in excess of 400,000.
 
Mediation efforts
 
Davutoğlu also said the Turkish government had made efforts to mediate between the al-Assad regime and the opposition for about 10 months, while rejecting that the government had become excessively involved with the opposition.
 
"We have never provided any kind of support to the al-Nusra front in Syria," he said, while reiterating the government's support for the "moderate" and civil opposition, the Syria National Coalition (SNC).

September/10/2013

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Grey Wolf

9/12/2013 2:46:51 AM

Then go in and annex!

Izmirli Can

9/10/2013 9:36:43 PM

What is Erdogan's bellicose haranguing against his old pal Assad, really all about? Tayyip Bey is acting like an out-of-control jilted lover. Is there something more we should know about their past relationship? Or is their (up-to-now-verbal) battle just another example of the vicious feelings that exist between Sunni and Shia/Alawite sects. Can anybody shed some light on the subject?

joe Maddin

9/10/2013 5:19:53 PM

Davutoglu didn't know that the SNC was infested by Al Qaeda sympathizers? Come on, such naivety is not believable. Turkey has played with fire by helping the Syrian rebels, it is bound to be burned.

Dayna Lewis

9/10/2013 4:53:10 PM

"We have never provided any kind of support to the al-Nusra front in Syria," he said, while reiterating the government's support for the "moderate" and civil opposition, the Syria National Coalition (SNC) I do believe I can smell the smoke from his burning pants.. as for management of refugee camps according to a recent article there are refugees opting to live in the street and beg as they find it safer sleeping in parks etc. I would like to believe him but given his history I can't

Agnes Smith

9/10/2013 3:07:49 PM

How does he know? Has he got special access to intelligence the rest of the world don't know about, or is that his al- Nusra pals keeping him informed of future developments?

strömungs maschine

9/10/2013 2:43:52 PM

Still give no respite to Bashar Al-Assad ? Is he still eager to construct pipelines undermining Turkey's geopolitic position ?

Brian Irlanda

9/10/2013 1:33:18 PM

Firstly the Minister should think about the drip by drip slow motion massacre and maiming of young Turkish citizens at the hand of the AKP's Gestapo police department before worrying about another country's citizens. I see another young man died today murdered by a pepper cannister to the head. Syrians seem to be of more value to Turkey than Turks. Perhaps the AKP should move to Damascus and set up shop there instead? And STOP helping Al-Nusra (Al Quaida)

Recep Ozel

9/10/2013 12:24:06 PM

Can AKP please stop messing around with Syria, and address the problems with the PKK and the economy??!! What is this fixation with Syria?!!

american american

9/10/2013 11:48:52 AM

yes! yes! yes!....so well in fact that they gave the olympics to cancerland! that headline sounds like more of a threat from the foreign ministry office than a warning...

Irish Rover

9/10/2013 10:41:05 AM

Why is the AKP so hell-bent on drawing Turkey and the west into a war? The US has in every fashion tried to find a means of stalling or avoiding any escalation in Syria, knowing full well that the crazy extremists will take over and proliferate al Qaeda and the MB. It is very unfortunate.
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