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Turkish Nobel laureate author Orhan Pamuk and five other renowned authors have written a strong letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to demand an end to the ongoing violence in the country.

Pamuk, Alfred Grosser, David Grossman, Claudio Magris, Boualem Sansal and Martin Walser demanded that al-Assad stop receiving help from states like China and Russia and advised him abandon power and leave the country. If not, he could end up dead like Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, they said in the letter dated Dec. 7.

"Announce your resignation and call the parties to negotiate a transition toward free elections under the auspices of the U.N. Negotiate your departure, with your family, as the cunning [ex Yemeni President Ali Abdullah] Saleh managed to do. Apart from this solution, there is but one for you, though unfortunate for your family: death like Saddam Hussein or Gadhafi. Or life in prison in a sanitized cell in The Hague."


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12/10/2012 11:49:14 PM

One can say let Syrians sort it out, whatever the cost, and that certainly is a reasonable position. Except 1) Russia and Iran are not staying out of it 2) mayhem there is becoming a direct threat to Turkish security and other vital interests.

Ozgur Erhan

12/10/2012 9:10:07 PM

Another pathetic gesture from the world's most overrated writer.

Ryan James

12/10/2012 8:34:18 PM

Who are you?

mara mcglothin

12/10/2012 6:48:54 PM

It is always amusing when celebrities make comments when they know little about the situation. I say, that we should all stay out of it and let the Syrian people take care of themselves. It is war, and it is ugly, but it is their future and we should let them decide what is to be done. Sad but true.

joe Maddin

12/10/2012 4:57:16 PM

That's so infantile and disappointing coming from Orhan Pamuk. Maybe he should ask Erdogan and the grand vizir to withdraw in their palace and stop meddling into their ex-ottoman possessions.. As long as the Syrian opposition is the mess we know, politically and militarily, Bashar al Assad would commit a war crime if he resigns and leave the country at the mercy of these inept politicians and Islamist rebels. By staying he is saving the country from a carnage.

Blue Dotterel

12/10/2012 4:21:30 PM

Pamuk, a supporter of anti-secular Islamic fundamentalism, now is he. What justification does he give for this ridiculous statement. He should be telling NATO and the GCC to stop arming, aiding and abetting the mass murder of Syrians. If he had any credibility before, he certainly hasn't now. One of those empty headed Turkish liberals that you find all too often in the arts.

Turk Uzan

12/10/2012 2:31:21 PM

Yes I bet that Assad will totally leave now .. Orhan pamuk has zero credibility, his books are plain and boring at best and his nobel prize was given because of his statements on 1915. Assad should be convinced by Russia, we need to convince the Russians that Syria without Assad will also be better for them.
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