Turkish FM: Even Russia, China couldn't say Assad should stay

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu pointed out that even the Syrian regime leader's key allies couldn't defend him.

Turkish FM: Even Russia, China couldn't say Assad should stay

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in Switzerland today, attending the World Economic Forum’s Davos conference after attending the first day of the Geneva II conference the day earlier.

Speaking to CNBC and NTV reporters who had asked for his opinion of the Geneva talks, that aim to bring an end to Syria’s three-year-old civil war, Davutoglu admitted that he was not surprised to the rough start but was pleased that all sides were finally talking.

He also noted that no one besides representatives of Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime was insisting that Assad stays in power. “Even Russia and China could not say that al-Assad should stay,” he said.

Regarding the 55,000 odd photographs leaked from detention centers in Syria, showing the systematic torture and murder of around 11,000 opposition members by the Assad regime, Davutoglu said “The regime could not say that they had no connection with the photos. The person who took the photos testified in front of a group of international lawyers.”

Davutoglu also criticized the Turkish opposition parties for not doing enough to speak out against the photographic evidence of torture in Syria, instead focusing on aid delivery trucks stopped at the Turkish border last week on the order of a Turkish prosecutor, who accuses the Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MIT) of sending arms to Al-Qaeda linked groups in Syria.

Reminding that Turkish trucks have been delivering aid to Syria for two years without problems, he claimed that the Turkish opposition was more interested in plotting against the AK Party-led government and leaving them in a difficult situation rather than condemning the brutality of the Syrian regime.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ocak 2014, 17:41