POLITICS > Turkey urges response to 'crime against humanity' in Syria

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Aug.27 a poison gas attack in Syria last week which killed hundreds of people constituted a "crime against humanity." DHA photo

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Aug.27 a poison gas attack in Syria last week which killed hundreds of people constituted a "crime against humanity." DHA photo

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said a poison gas attack in Syria last week which killed hundreds of people constituted a "crime against humanity," as he is set leave for Saudi Arabia to discuss the regional crisis with Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The United States has faced growing calls for action in response to the August 21 attack. In the most forceful U.S. reaction yet, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday President Barack Obama believed there must be "accountability" for those who used chemical weapons.

Davutoğlu told reporters: "This is a crime against humanity and a crime against humanity should not go unanswered, what needs to be done must be done." He said that like many states, Turkey blamed Bashar al-Assad's government for the attack. "Today, it is clear the international community is faced with a test."

Davutoğlu reiterated that Ankara's priority was for the U.N. Security Council to come to a united stance on Syria. He said previously, however, that Turkey would join any international coalition if such a consensus proved impossible.

Meanwhile, Davutoğlu is set to pay a two-day visit August 27-28 to Saudi Arabia to discuss the ongoing crisis in the region.

The ongoing crisis in Syria and Egypt, as well as Turkey-Saudi Arabia relations, will be on Davutoğlu's agenda during his meeting with the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Turkey, a NATO member bordering Syria, has emerged as one of Assad's most vocal critics during the two-and-a-half year conflict, sheltering half a million refugees and allowing Syrian rebels to organize on its soil.

Davutoğlu also said he had spoken to Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Monday to explain Turkey's position, saying that if there was no response to last week's attack it would give a green light for worse violence.


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james headington

8/27/2013 11:38:13 PM

Please can some one explain to me why the Assad regime would use chemical weapons while his regime has the upper hand over the rebels? And why he would do it when the UN inspectors are present in Syria? It just does not make sense to me. Perhaps somoe one would knows the rational behind it that I do not. Thanks

Guy Watkins

8/27/2013 10:57:32 PM

If I remember correctly, the AKP stated that The Times committed a Crime Against Humanity when publishing a pro Gezi Park advert - should they also be bombed...?

Yaacov Ma

8/27/2013 10:28:48 PM

After the war against the Ottoman Empire,in Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916, Britain and France created the states of the Middle East regardless of ethnic differences. They are responsible historically for what happens now in Syria and Lebanon. Today they wont to attack Syria together with the descendants of the Ottomans.

Ed Frias Ed Frias

8/27/2013 10:26:51 PM

Davutoğlu lost al crediblity when he starts defending Erdogan for saying Jews were behind the overthrow of Morsi in Egypt. Let Turkey deal with Assad if they have a problem with him. 2 million people have been murdered in the Congo, yet i don't see anyone sending troops there.

daniel karr

8/27/2013 9:05:36 PM

@ Agnes. Smith on the brink of ww3 ? Religious cause? Sunni believes ? You seem to love conspiracy don't you ? The point here is that you people write write and write we don't even know if you are telling the truth ! Then the rest read and believe what you guys say. Disturbing !


8/27/2013 8:51:09 PM

How about this argument, Aryeh, regardless of who used the gas, Israel should intervene! It is well know that al-Qaeda is trying to take hold of Syria. Once they get their hands on the chemical weapons, Israel will be targeted for sure. Israel should invade and weed out al-Qaeda from Syria. Israel should then invade Iran and take out every nuclear facility/scientist. But, it doesn't work like that. No single country can open that can of worms; ask USA re. the other can of worms called Iraq.

Murun Buchstansangur

8/27/2013 6:48:41 PM

@Aryeh. What is the strategy? Is the strategy unaffected by who is culpable in the deployment of these weapons?

Ken Alden

8/27/2013 6:39:14 PM

@Buchstansangul, you have a valid point when it comes to use of Chemical Weapons, let us acknowledge that both sides of this conflict are same people, governed by same mentality and both side readilly accuses the other, of things, both are capable comit! @ Rappaport, Every country in ME and the World has many issues, your sight is colored by your onswerving desire & attempt to portray everything in ethno-religeous content. Remember that it's Industrial countries who make&supply the deadly Gas!

Agnes Smith

8/27/2013 6:30:09 PM

Your policies have pushed it one step further Mr D. We are now on the brink of ww3. Your religious Sunni beliefs are at the cost of Turkey and good citizens. The religious cause is in your mind only, it will break Turkey's neck -Bravo

alkan alkan

8/27/2013 6:27:24 PM

Davut, you and your master Recep are so keen on war against Assad... You will regret this very much.
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