Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoğlu announced that Turkey’s doors are open to ‘all Syrians who escape oppression in Syria ’ after a double-veto from Russia and China at the UN Security Council triggers a new balance on Syria
Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoğlu announced that Turkey’s doors are open to ‘all Syrians who escape oppression in Syria ’ after a double-veto from Russia and China at the UN Security Council triggers a new balance on Syria.
Munich / NationalTurk – Reacting to the Russian and Chinese veto to a United Nations Security Council resolution to stop killings of civilians by Syrian security sources, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stated at the Munich Security Conferenceat Turkey’s doors are ‘open to all Syrians who want to flee from opression by Assad regime’.
‘We are ready to host them at our homes if necessary’ Davutoğlu added, as a part of a new stage to step up pressure on the Beshar al-Assad regime.
Turkey on UN’s Syria Decision
Turkey has declared that there could be only two conditions for Turkish involvement into military action into the Syrian situation; a UN Security Council decision based on humanitarian reasoning ( vetoed by Russia and China, two countries who have big benefits in Syria will oppose that as well) and a massive flood of refugees to Turkey. Turkey had opened its doors to Iraqi refugees, the peshmarga, during the first Gulf War back in 1992.
As Turkish government states that Turkey won’t turn back Syrian refugees, who flees the civil war in the country, many Turks believe that a flood of Arab refugees is tha last thing Turkey needs right now. Many Turks also believe that UN plans to topple Beshar al Assad only to raise the benefits of USA in that country.
Yet Turkish Foreign Ministry has officially denied the media reports that Turkey and the U.S.A. have agreed on a military action plan on Syria in Saturday’s meeting in Munich between Davutoğlu and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Davutoğlu made no comment on US Senator Joseph Lieberman’s statement who said that his country might consider to provide weapons to a ‘Free Syrian Army’ consisting of defectors from Syrian army, as the military wing of the Istanbul based Syrian National Council.
Turkey has key role in the Syria conflict
With this move of welcoming Syrian regime opponents in need, Turkey wants to trigger a new ballance as Russian Foreign Minister Seygei Lavrov has planned contacts in Damascus to convince Beshar al-Assad to stop violence against his own people. “We don’t want to lose our hopes and we don’t want to let Syrian people down” Davutoğlu said, “But Lavrov should have done this months ago.”
Un Syria Resolution : Russia and China Vetoes show the international politics’ misery
Turkish top diplomat explains the latest move : “Syrian people should not be victimized by a power game between the permanent members of the UN Security Council. The UN resoulition which was proposed by Arap Leage and Turkey who are affected by the Syrian crisis, were vetoed by those who are not directly related with it; its an ethical and legalistic weakness regarding international politics. But if the International Community prefers to remain silent before this human tragedy, Turkey continues to do whatever is necessary.”
Russia, vocally – and China, silently – had been adamant for weeks; forget about a UN resolution for regime change in Syria, or worse yet, opening the doors for a Libya-style NATO humanitarian bombing.
Russia has its own geopolitical reasons to consider Syria a red line; Syria hosts Russia’s only naval base in the Mediterranean, in the port of Tartus; and Syria buys Russian weapons. But in fact all the five BRICS – plus the overwhelmingly majority of the developing world – are in synch; forget about regime change-enabling UN resolutions, promoted by the usual suspect Western trio US-Britain-France and – the summit of hypocrisy – devised by the “democratic” House of Saudies and Qatar who are merely monarchic Arab countries, who worship Allah and money they get from all-important oil.
Kenneth Roth, the head of the Human Rights Watch said in his statement to the Munich Security Conference, touched to the issue of Turkey as a model for Middle East countries in transition. “Good news is that Islam is not used in order to put pressure on people” Roth said; “But not that a democratic model when it comes to the issue of the arrest of Kurdish activists and journalists”.