Turkish PM, FM slam Syria on systematic torture

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have spoken out against war crimes in Syria after evidence emerged of systematic torture by the Assad regime.

Turkish PM, FM slam Syria on systematic torture

World Bulletin / News Desk

Referring to images and a report by a team of senior war crimes prosecutors obtained by Anadolu Agency that show the systematic killing of nearly 11,000 detainees at the hands of Syrian regime forces, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said "Will we remain silent about the situation in Syria where 150,000 people were killed? We need to stand together against this atrocity. The whole western world needs to raise their voice." 

Addressing a crowd at Stephanie Square in front of his hotel, who came to welcome the Turkish PM to Brussels, Erdogan said that the whole world had seen how tens of thousands of people from all ages, including women and children, were massacred by the Assad regime.

"The Geneva II conference is starting tomorrow (on Wednesday). ... We are calling on them (Geneva II participants) to raise their voice against this massacre in Syria," Erdogan said. Erdogan also added that there are now around 700 thousand Syrian refugees in Turkey.

"The number of refugees in Lebanon is one million, and there are about 500 to 600 thousand refugees in Jordan. We have always followed an 'open door policy' for these people, and will continue to do so," Erdogan said.

"We must stand together against this atrocity. The whole Western world and humanity needs to raise their voices. I believe that Geneva II will be the place where these steps will be taken," Erdogan concluded.

Worst massacre of the century

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday that the world could not be silent anymore to the worst massacre of the century in Syria.

Turkish FM Davutoglu said in a tweet post that the international community, leaders and intellectuals should take a step about what happened in Syria and stand up to give Syrians a dignified future.

Davutoglu’s remarks came after Anadolu Agency’s report on the Syrian war crimes’ evidences.

A transition process to stop the bloodshed should be started immediately in Syria, the minister added.

"Today we witnessed once again that words are of no use anymore.

"Both humanity and Syria should be rescued from this bloody regime," he said.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in the three-year-old conflict in Syria, and more than two million Syrians have become refugees in the neighboring countries including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, according to the UN.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Ocak 2014, 09:35