Turkish PM Says His Country Should Stop Syria From Sinking Into Civil War
Turkey is boosting again its image of regional power as the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday warned that Syria was sliding into civil war and that Turkey should have a leading role in preventing this from happening. This is the most serious warning Turkey is issuing about Syrian uprising. Almost simultaneously, the Turkish authorities advised the Iraqi authorities to keep sectarian violence in check, following a violent deflagration in the capital of the neighboring country, which is experiencing the post-American era and difficulties.
In a news conference in Ankara, Erdogan warned that Syria was heading toward religious, sectarian and racial war and that it should be stopped. He added that since the situation poses a threat to Turkey his country must assume a leading role in preventing the war from occurring.
Turkey has a 900 km common border with Syria, which is a former Ottoman province, and Erdogan said last summer that no action against it could be taken without Turkish participation or “blessing,” but the NATO-member state is reluctant to taking unilateral steps toward intervening in the conflict.
Erdogan did not mention in his intervention what exactly would Turkey do to prevent the war, but on other occasions he had spoken of establishing a “buffer zone” in case the flood of refugees were heading towards the common border.
Even so, Turkish authorities said, Turkey would require UN assistance and backing, if such a case presented itself. It is very much unlikely that it might come to this, since the northern region of the neighboring country has not been submitted to reprisals as the center.
Turkey had waited for the revolution to engulf the economic hub of Aleppo, in hopes that this would trigger a violent response of the regime and would force the people to flee to Turkey. But Aleppo became one of the few places where Bashar al Assad could hold his support rallies, and so the Turkish plan collapsed. On top of that, the people who had come to the Turkish camps to escape persecution returned home.
Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu was among the first to receive the newly created Syrian National Council, a collective body created in the image of the Libyan National Transitional Council and with the same purpose.
Only that the Syrian council is not even by far similar to the one in Benghazi, Libya, given that the society in Syria is far more atomized by the regime than it was in Qaddafi’s Libya.
Meanwhile, as the Syrian president reassures his people that victory is near and that everything would be in order, the Israeli authorities seem more inclined to agree with the Turks, as they announced that some of the refugees coming from Syria could be absorbed by the Jewish State.11