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The international community is practically giving a green light to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to kill hundreds of people every day in his country, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today.

“So what is the source of this attitude? If we have to wait for what one or two of the perminant membes of the U.N. Security Council will say, then the consequences for Syria will be very dangerous,” Erdoğan told participants at the Istanbul World Forum earlier today.

The Istanbul World Forum brings together politicians, leading academics, business executives, experts, NGO leaders, artists, authors and media personalities from around the world.

Erdoğan said that despite all efforts, the U.N. Security Council had not properly taken stock of the human drama that has been continuing in Syria for the past 20 months.

“More than 30,000 people have been killed in Syria; 250,000 people have had to leave their homes and flee. Some 100,000 of these people are in Turkey right now – they are our guests here,” the prime minister said.

Erdoğan criticized the international community and the Security Council for not taking action in Syria.

“The U.N., which was an onlooker to the massacres of hundreds of thousands of people in the Balkans 20 years ago, is having the same kind of blindness in Syria today. What kind of explanation can be made for the injustice and the inability that is being displayed here?” he said.

“While tens of hundreds of people are being killed every day in Syria, as long there are still those who think about what gain they can get from the Syrian situation, the face of humanity will continue to get red,” Erdoğan said.

Erdoğan said there was injustice in many international organizations, including the U.N. Security Council. “Nobody can claim that the U.N. Security Council is built upon a fair structure. We have left the world to the mercy of five permanent members – whatever they say happens. The U.N. has to be reformed in line with justice,” Erdoğan said.


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ealsho@eartlink.net tango73

11/3/2012 5:02:49 AM

The real supporters of Assad is Iran and Hezbollah (on the ground) the Russians and Chinese provide only political support. Why Erdogan do not criticize Iran and Hezbollah? Why Mr. Anatolian?

Drege Keruso

10/14/2012 8:53:48 PM

Why would Russia want to oust Assad? They are making millions in weapons deals from this conflict.

Drege Keruso

10/14/2012 8:46:11 PM

What he is saying is indeed correct, but most certainly being said for his own agenda. I also agree with the comment about the United States having to play big brother to the rest of the world. I guess they are the only country with enough guts and glory to go stick it to oppression out there. And it is indeed true that they get criticized no matter what they do or don't do. As for Muslims complaining about getting bombed, my opinion is that they keep bombing themselves, so what's the difference

Thracian Anatolian

10/14/2012 6:57:43 PM

Rimon Tree, as an Israeli, you have no monopoly in being the spokesman for the West. You talk without putting forward any evidence. Facts: Bashar al-Assad is killing innocent Syrians and the conflict has the potential to spread to the other countries in the Middle East. Hence, this is a "threat to international peace and security" Perhaps you could turn-on a Western TV channel one in a while to see whether the West is "interested" or not.

mara mcglothin

10/14/2012 6:35:37 PM

RED TAIL I couldn't have said it better! Just wait for DOGAN and BLUE for the come back. As you know rarely do good deeds go unpunished and I am sure you are also aware that the USA has no right to protect their interests. It is all a big conspiracy to defraud the whole World. It is very sad.

ismail demir

10/14/2012 6:13:12 PM

Although I do not approve the Government s Syria policy, this crisis became good litmus paper to expose anti-Turks.In the past western commenters whose critisize Turkey for prisoning arsonist kurdish terorists now support Assad who killed 2500 civilian protester before rebels took arms.


10/14/2012 4:57:28 PM

He is right of course and all here know it. The target of his criticism is UNSC. A most undemocratic institution. He is embaressing Russians here. All that was required was for Russians to withdraw their unconditional support from Assad. Nothing else, no invasions, wars or boots would have been necessary. Assad would have gone without the current chaos taking over. This is not right in any book. Expect a larger move in UN to force change the current archaic UNSC junta.

Rimon Tree

10/14/2012 4:19:43 PM

@ Anatolian Then only "threat to international peace and security" are the Islamists and Jihadists and Neo-Ottomanists. Thats what "is happening on the ground". And the West is not interested at all to help your esteemed PM to bring about a chaos reign of Islamists. Regards.

Danny B Danny

10/14/2012 3:15:59 PM

And why PM is encouraging the Hamas to continue their attacks against Israeli towns and schools? Whatever is bad for you don't do it to your ally.

Red Tail

10/14/2012 1:31:01 PM

Sadam Hussein killed 10 times as many people, namely 300 000. The only one talking care of the problem was U.S. Why does US have to solve everything for every body? IF they do something they are critisized and if they DO NOT do something they are critisized. And if the do a little, like Lybia, they are of course also being critisized and the angry radical young Muslim men living in Europe shout "They bomb Muslims" while at the same time the Muslim world treats Muslims far worse........
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