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Turkish President Abdullah Gül, DHA photo

Turkish President Abdullah Gül, DHA photo

President Abdullah Gül has expressed his country's concerns about the possibility of Damascus using chemical weapons against Turkey in an interview with The Financial Times, mentioning Patriot missiles as a deterrent solution against such a threat.  

“It is known that Syria has chemical weapons and they have old Soviet delivery systems, so if there is in some eventuality some sort of madness in this respect and some action is taken, contingency planning has to be put in place and this is something NATO is doing,” he said.

Gül said they could not tolerate any Syrian shells hitting Turkish soil, even if unintentional, and that Turkey had responded in the necessary manner.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen had stated that the alliance would take the necessary steps to protect Turkey. But Gül's words were interpreted by The Financial Times as signs that Turkey might go further.

The Turkish president also commented about the rising number of Syrian refugees in Turkey, saying that there were currently as many as 150,000 - higher than the official figure of just over 100,000 registered refugees. Gül said a further increase may cause a security risk for Ankara.

November/13/2012

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ilker avni

11/13/2012 10:42:01 PM

Desperate leaders committ desperate acts,the President is right to be concerned,after this desperate madman called Assad said he would use chemical weapons against anyone trying to invade his country,he might even use them on his own people,or he could try and involve Israel into a conflict which would gain him some sympathy in the Arab world.Tp have a neighbour with stockpiles of chemical weapons is very dangerous and it should concern everyone not just Turkey.Turkey has to protect its own.

mara mcglothin

11/13/2012 8:55:11 PM

I don't undestand why "refugees" are being allowed to mix with the local populations? Why they are being allowed to work and live in the area? STELLA I don't think I like the tone of your comment and don't get me wrong, I am not in disagreement, BUT you comment sounds really bad. Surely not all these people are "Islamists" surely some of them are just people trying to survive? I also don't understand what your comment has to do with the use of chemical weapons.

Sid Mark

11/13/2012 7:45:34 PM

Stella.Your name reminds me of something.What are you doing in Turkey?

stella maris

11/13/2012 12:31:54 PM

OH, I remember a time not too far away when you called them "special guests" and called yourselves "friends of them". Maybe after all you start to realize that they are not quite of the kind you would have in the country? Islamists always make problems anywhere, look to the West!

JPLdK

11/13/2012 11:24:49 AM

Prsident Gül is right. even in de region of Mersin and the holiday resorts where a lot of Europeans have bought real estate the presence of Syrian refugees is growing. It would be less visible if the would adapt to the local lifestyle. But they do not always respect the traditions, rules and general regulations. For example, I have seen totally dressed women going in the swimming pool. This is against all basic hygienic rules and unacceptable indepently of any religious considerations.
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