POLITICS > Turkey expels Syrian diplomats after Houla massacre


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Turkish authorities have asked all Syrian diplomats to leave the country in response to the recent Houla massacre, daily Hürriyet has reported.
The motive behind the decision was cited as the recent Houla massacre, where "110 innocent citizens, 50 of them children, were murdered."
"It is not a possibility to remain silent in the face of such an act, which constitutes a crime against humanity," a Foreign Ministry statement read. "It is the international community's common responsibility to react to this massacre in a unified voice."
The statement further referred to the Vienna Diplomatic Affairs Contract and asked Syrian diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours, starting from May 30.
Turkey's recent decision followed a series of similar actions by international powers. Several countries, including Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Britain and United States, have also expelled the Syrian diplomats in their countries following the massacre that took place May 25.


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Chas Spencer

5/31/2012 7:07:49 PM

@Benjamin Levy, Just humor me and let me assume that you are a citizen of Israel - having stated so, I ask you, are you aware that Syria is technically an Allie of your country, Israel's new allie Greece, who to conter the Turkish-Israeli, 1996 alliance agreement by forming one of her own ; a alliance with Syria, To my knowledge Greece never repudiated that arrangement and now the same Greece is allied with Israel. Can Israel use her influence in the Region and ignore UN as ussual?

mara mcglothin

5/31/2012 6:25:28 PM

BENJAMIN It is always great to sit back and judge the actions of others, BUT no good deed goes unpunished. Where has international intervention/meddling been successful? Iraq? Afghanistan? Libya? Where exactly. YOu are damned if you do and damned if you don't and ultimately it must be the Syrian people who fight this out. They will appreciate their freedom much more. Sad but true.

Roberto L Tanizaki

5/30/2012 5:57:57 PM

What a USELESS ORGANIZATION the United Nations is. "Inutil" is the word for Annan. 30,000 have died! Even one death is enough to condemn a dictator. EVEN ONE DEATH!!!!!

Benjamin Levy

5/30/2012 2:25:53 PM

Shame on the entire World not doing ANYTHING about this murderers in Syria ! Shame Shame
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