Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said on Monday that Syria’s regime cannot continue in power for long and urged the international community to halt a humanitarian crisis.
“I don’t believe that any regime can stand and work under these principles for very long,” Erdogan said at a joint news conference with his Slovenian counterpart, Janez Jansa, during a one-day visit to the EU member state.
Turkey is “opposed to the regime in Syria... nobody should expect us to stand by the oppressors”.
Turkey, which has a border of more than 900-kilometre (565-mile) long with Syria, hosts some 23,000 refugees who fled the Damascus regime’s deadly crackdown. It is also welcoming a large Syrian opposition community including rebels who defected from the army.
Erdogan, visited on Sunday a refugee camp in southern Anatolia on the border with Syria, and warned that the humanitarian crisis caused by the Syrian regime should be ended as soon as possible.
“This is an international problem, a problem for the whole humanity,” Erdogan urged the United Nations, the Arab League and the Muslim nations to cooperate in bringing the conflict to an end as soon as possible.
“Our problem is not with the people of Syria, there we have brothers and friends,” Erdogan said.
“If you are against the people, you are always risking losing, being condemned, and you can see examples of this all over the world. I believe that this is what is going to happen in Syria as well,” Erdogan said.
Turkey, once a strong ally of Syria, broke with Damascus after Bashar al-Assad’s regime began oppressing the dissents in mid-March last year.