POLITICS >Turkish PM accuses the international community of encouraging al-Assad

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The international community is practically givinga green light to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to kill hundreds of peopleevery day in his country, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saidtoday.

“So what is the source of this attitude? If wehave to wait for what one or two of the perminant membes of the U.N. SecurityCouncil 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 togetherpoliticians, 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 beencontinuing in Syriafor the past 20 months.

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

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

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

“While tens of hundreds of people are beingkilled every day in Syria, as long there are still those who think about whatgain they can get from the Syrian situation, the face of humanity will continueto get red,” Erdoğan said.

Erdoğan said there was injustice in manyinternational organizations, including the U.N. Security Council. “Nobody canclaim that the U.N. Security Council is built upon a fair structure. We haveleft the world to the mercy of five permanent members – whatever they sayhappens. The U.N. has to be reformed in line with justice,” Erdoğan said.


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