POLITICS > Turkey says 'no point' in dialogue with Syria

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Turkey is ruling out any dialogue with the Syrian regime, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Tuesday, a day after Moscow called for negotiations with Damascus as the only way to end the escalating conflict.

"There is no point in engaging in dialogue with a regime that continues to carry out such a massacre against its own people, even during (the Muslim festival of) Eid al-Adha," Davutoğlu said at a news conference.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on the West and regional players including Turkey to start negotiating with President Bashar al-Assad as well as the opposition to pave the way for a political solution in Syria, wracked by almost 20 months of conflict.
"Hardly anything will be accomplished without dialogue with the government, and that is the only problem that remains in the path towards a political process," Lavrov said after a meeting with Lakhdar Brahimi, the international peace envoy for Syria.
Davutoğlu said that dialogue with Damascus, its one-time ally, would be a step that could "be legitimising the existing regime as the violence continues".
More than 500 people were reported dead during the four-day Muslim Eid holiday despite the truce brokered by Brahimi, who said the civil war in Syria was going from bad to worse.

Brahimi, who became Syria envoy after his predecessor Kofi Annan quit when his five-point peace plan fell through, will go to the UN Security Council in November with new proposals to push for talks between Assad and the opposition.


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ilker avni

10/30/2012 6:42:56 PM

@ Recep Ozel How can you have dialog, with a person who continues to murder his people?,would you have dialog with a convicted murderer about to be hung,Assad has never kept one single promise to cease his onslaught on his people.The Turkish foreign minster is right, whats the point of dialog, with a regime that continues to use all force against his people.With the hekp from Russia,Iran and Hezbollah fighters and advisers,Assad has managed to stay in power,for how long remains to be seen.

Recep Ozel

10/30/2012 2:53:07 PM

This statement is a clear indication that Turkey has decided on the road to war and will not change. If Turkey did try a dialogue, what could Turkey say? Sorry for helping start a civil war in your country?! In addition, AKP doesn't like dialogue or friendship with anyone.

Rimon Tree

10/30/2012 1:25:57 PM

AKP-Turkey generally is dialogue-resistant, though it always is the only option to go forwards in a civilized society. Erdogan and consorts seem to believe that dialogue is a form of weakness and so does not fit into their Ottoman scheme of pride, though quite the contrary is the case.

Aryeh Rapaport

10/30/2012 12:08:01 PM

The world should always have dialogue. Turkey can continue demanding Assad leave power as condition to any improvement but the meeting can be made. The world should demand Assad leaves. NO killer of his own people deserves honor. The question of Syria's future is most pressing, worrying. Turkey should NOT PROMOTE SECTARIANISM, EXTREME ISLAM, TERRORISM but incorporate ALL MINORITIES & Sunnis into 1 organization committed to freedom, democracy, equality for all!
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