Turkey's top security body urges urgent UN action on Egypt, Syria

Condemning Syrian and Egyptian regimes upon recent attacks on civilians, Turkey's top security body called on the UN Security Council to take immediate action in Syria and Egypt

Turkey's top security body urges urgent UN action on Egypt, Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's National Security Council (MGK) called on Wednesday the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for urgent action in Syria and Egypt, strongly condemning Syrian and Egyptian regimes for recent bloody attacks on civilians.

Chaired by Turkish President Abdullah Gul at the Cankaya Presidential Palace in Ankara, the MGK issued a statement saying "We strongly condemn the civilian massacre by the Syrian regime forces in different suburbs of Damascus using chemical weapons that left hundreds of civilians dead early on Wednesday."

MGK, holding its monthly meeting, urged the UN Security Council and the international community to take immediate action "in light of the ongoing violence by the Syrian regime on its own people by ignoring all legal and humanitarian values."

George Sabra, head of Syrian National Coalition (SNC), blamed the Syrian regime forces of carrying out a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of the Ghouta region near Damascus in the early hours of Wednesday, which he said killed at least 1,300 people.

Sabra said the attack came at a time when a team of UN inspectors arrived in Syria to probe earlier allegations of chemical weapons use.

But the Syrian government strongly denied the attack and described reports as "lies and groundless"  blaming international media for covering baseless stories aiming at "distracting a visiting team of United Nations chemical weapons experts from their mission."

Following the chemical weapon attack, Turkish officials began to conduct medical checks on the wounded Syrians brought into Turkey for treatment across its border gate in the southern town of Cilvegozu.

Expert teams checked wounded Syrians for any trace of chemical agents that might prove hazardous for the local population and those found to be clean are carried to nearby hospitals.

Also discussing the latest developments in Egypt after the July 3 military coup, MGK also condemned "all interventions against peaceful demonstrations that resulted in civilian deaths."

MGK statement also pushed for immediate efforts to maintain an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in Egypt and return to a democratic system that was interrupted by the military coup, expressing "deep sympathy and concern over possible negative effects of these problems on our region."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 00:44