Turkish Prime Minister: “Syria to see changes in the next 10-15 days”


Ankara, 10 August: Тurkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today that he expects Syria to see changes in the next 10 to 15 days.

Ankara has sent a very clear message to Damascus to put an end to the bloodshed. The message was delivered by Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu during his visit to the Syrian capital.

“The state authorities in Syria point arms at their own people. Turkeys’ message to Assad is very clear – violence and bloodshed must end. We hope that this will be understood and in the next 10-15 days a process of reforms will be launched in Syria,” the Turkish Prime Minister said at the meeting of Turkeys’ ruling AKP.

Meanwhile the Turkish ambassador to Syria has visited the embattled city of Hama, north of Damascus. The diplomat said that tanks and troops have started to withdraw from the city, news that were greeted with relief in Ankara.

If the Turkish initiative pays off, the clashes in Syria should come to an end towards the end of August. If not, the government in Ankara will be hard pressed to save its face…

(Sources: AnadoluReuters, AFP; 10 August 2011)


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