Turkish Premier Slams Security Council Over Syria

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's prime minister is blasting the U.N. Security Council for its failure to agree on decisive steps to end the 19-month civil war in Syria.

At an international conference in Istanbul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the world is witnessing a humanitarian tragedy in Syria while two nations veto resolutions pressuring Damascus to end the conflict. Erdogan says waiting for Russia and China to support the resolutions will doom Syria.

He spoke as Turkey's foreign minister met with Arab and European leaders. The foreign minister told reporters that Turkey is prepared to use force again if it is attacked, as happened last week when a shell fired from Syria killed five Turkish villagers.

In the past week, Turkey intercepted a Syrian plane and seized what it says was military equipment on board. Syria denounced the move as air piracy, while Russia said the cargo was radar parts that complied with international law.

Germany's foreign minister voiced support for Turkey today but cautioned that the situation between Turkey and Syria could quickly escalate, likening it to a "wildfire" that could devastate the entire region.

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