ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
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
“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
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.