Turkey ready for 'scenario' in Syria: Turkish foreign minister
ISTANBUL - Reuters
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu speaks during the 8th Turkish-Italian Forum in Istanbul November 25, 2011. REUTERS Photo
Turkey does not want to consider a military option for intervention in neighboring Syria as Damascus cracks down on popular protest, but it is ready for any scenario, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said today.
Davutoğlu also said the international community may decide a buffer zone is needed in Syria if hundreds of thousands of people try to flee the violence there.
Syria is facing growing economic sanctions and condemnation over what the United Nations calls "gross human rights violations", but President Bashar al-Assad shows no sign of buckling under pressure to end his military crackdown on protesters calling for his overthrow.
Davutoğlu told Kanal 24 TV that the Syrian government needed to find a way to make peace with its own people, adding that Damascus still had a chance to accept international observers proposed by the Arab League.
"If the oppression continues, Turkey is ready for any scenario. We hope that a military intervention will never be necessary. The Syrian regime has to find a way of making peace with its own people," he said.
A regime which tortures its own people had no chance of survival, he added.