POLITICS > Turkish PM says limited action against Syria won't be enough, calls for Kosovo-like intervention

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan participates in the Victory Day reception at the presidential palace in Ankara on Aug. 30. AA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan participates in the Victory Day reception at the presidential palace in Ankara on Aug. 30. AA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the U.S. statement on a "limited" military action against Syria will not be enough to satisfy Ankara, pleading for an intervention similar to the one in Kosovo in 1999.

"A limited military action will not satisfy us. It [the intervention] should be like in Kosovo," Erdoğan was quoted by daily Hürriyet as saying during the Victory Day reception at the presidential palace on Aug. 30.

A few minutes earlier, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had given signs during a press briefing in Washington that the United States would act following last week's chemical attack in Syria, but said its response would be "tailored."

Erdoğan told reporters that the intervention could take place next week.

"Looking at what Kerry has said, there could be an intervention prior to the G-20 summit. This intervention should not be a one or two days hit-and-run, but push the regime to the point of collapsing," he said.

The G-20 summit is due to start on Sept. 5 in Russia's imperial capital St. Petersburg. 

Erdoğan said Turkey had made efforts to solve the issue diplomatically up to now, but had been unsuccessful. "We did not get any result for eight months. We had some work with Russia and Iran too, but we didn't get any results either," he added.

Answering a question, the prime minister also said that authority was with President Abdullah Gül with regard to mobilizing Turkish troops. "We don't need memorandums at the present moment. Parliament is on vacation until Oct. 4. Will an extraordinary session be required or not? We will talk about this with our president. He holds authority during the period in which Parliament is closed," Erdoğan said.

For his part, Chief of General Staff Necdet Özel told reporters that necessary preparations had been made, and he was "not worried" about the possible intervention.


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kevin cuckow

9/1/2013 11:32:32 AM

Totally agree with Alex. It is all show and bravado from the Dictator RTE.

Tekion Particle

8/31/2013 6:20:06 PM

Cilgin, excellent analysis and comparison. He is a vengeful coward who do not have a pair big enough to do anything himself. Europeans and US are reluctant because they think a secular Dictator may be better than a loony tune radical islamist regime and they were all prepared to see Syrian civil war to come to a natural end, but Assad decided to gas people and must be punished. Still, the US objective is not to oust Assad leaving the field to Radical Islamist but to save face.

Jim Phipps

8/31/2013 5:50:35 PM

I rarely agree with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. However he is 100% correct and President Obama is a lightweight fool on military tactics and action similar to LBJ.


8/31/2013 5:32:33 PM

Dear Tayyip, Tantrums and name-calling do not count as diplomacy. In case you weren't aware.

In A Flap

8/31/2013 5:13:03 PM

few people want war, sometimes though you do need to stand up an be counted. If you are happy to see people being gassed then sit with your head in the sand.

Adnan Kara Osman

8/31/2013 4:00:47 PM

Listen to these bloggers have you lost your hearts and morals it seems your hearts are made out of stone. are you or blind to what is happening in Syria all this blood being shed and you are criticizing a person that wants the world to stop being silent and to stop this 21st century pharaoh from continually killing his people. To me you will all pay the price in the end for your in action think of your own families and love ones and imagine you were in Syria suffering the carnage or a refugee.

Recep Ozel

8/31/2013 2:43:38 PM

How has our PM turned into such a vicious, blood and war loving animal?!! He truly is a model PM for all the "Axis of Evil" states!!

R Collins

8/31/2013 2:09:05 PM

Erdogan did nothing when one of his war planes was shot down. He had NATO send Patriot batteries to Turkey. Now he calls on others to do what he won't do. Has he committed Turkey to acting (i.e., attacking) Syria? Perhaps prosecuting journalists is easier.

Alex Kader

8/31/2013 1:53:41 PM

corrupt RTE can do anything to cover up all the failures in Turkey. Failed economy, failed democracy, failed human rights, failed Kurdish peace process, failed modern education systems in order to built fanatic Sunni education system , demolished natural areas in order to build useless Toki houses as a rant for his corrupt links, failed to join civilized world, failed to join EU, Failed to accomplish 0 "zero" problem with neighboring countries. + created bunch of brain washed zombies.

Hans-Joachim "Terrorist" Zierke

8/31/2013 1:47:21 PM

With the Kosovo intervention, we empowered a gang of criminals. Today, Kosovo's economy is still based on drug trade and human trafficking to the EU, and spending EU help money. Erdoğan might have picked the wrong example for attracting our soldiers to a place, where he does not want Turkish soldiers to go.
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