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Turkey urges Assad to punish security forces
Associated Press
Friday, December 9, 2011
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/12/09/international/i034311S48.DTL

(12-09) 03:43 PST ANKARA, Turkey (AP) --

Turkey has urged Syria's president to punish his security forces if he is
"sincere" in denying ordering a violent crackdown on his people - the
latest in a series of moves aimed at pressuring Bashar Assad to halt the
attacks.

Assad claimed in a rare interview Wednesday that he never ordered the
brutal suppression of the uprising and insisted only a "crazy person"
would kill his own people. His remarks were an apparent attempt to
distance himself from violence that the United Nations says has killed
4,000 people since March.

"If he is sincere he will punish the security forces, he will accept the
Arab League observers and help change the atmosphere," Turkey's Foreign
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday. "He still has the opportunity to do
this."

Authorities said Friday that Turkey will also suspend a 2008 free trade
agreement with Syria, which will lead to taxes of up to 30 percent on some
goods. Syria had already unilaterally suspended the agreement, but
Turkey's Cabinet needed to approve the suspension so it can also increase
taxes.

Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazici said Turkey is also planning to
encourage trucks to favor Iraqi and Jordanian routes for delivering goods
to the Middle East, because of the deterioration in relations.

"We are having tensions with Syria," Yazici said. "Of course, our trade is
important but our stance based on humanitarian values is above
everything."

Cargo ships were also planned to bypass Syria, running between Turkey's
Mediterranean port of Iskenderun and some Red Sea ports in line with
sanctions against Syria.

___

Associated Press writer Suzan Fraser in Ankara contributed to this report.

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Turkey tells Assad to punish "murderers" of opposition
December 9, 2011 share
http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=340948

Turkey urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday to punish the
"murderers" of anti-regime protesters and accept observers proposed by the
Arab League.

"If [Assad] is now sincere, he will immediately punish the murderers and
accept Arab League observers. He still has such an opportunity," Turkish
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters.

His comments were in response to a question about a rare interview with
Assad in which the Syrian leader said he was not responsible for the
months-long bloodshed, drawing a distinction between himself and the
military.

Davutoglu said Assad's remarks were a kind of "confession."

"He now accepts that security forces might have made a mistake," said
Davutoglu. "I wish he had said this in April."

Assad told veteran ABC News interviewer Barbara Walters this week that
security forces belonged to "the government" and not him personally.

"We don't kill our people," Assad said. "No government in the world kills
its people, unless it's led by a crazy person."

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

For live updates on the Syrian uprising, follow @NOW_Syria on Twitter or
click here.

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Turkey tells Assad to punish 'murderers' of opposition
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu advocates the Syrian President
Bashar Al-Assad to immediately punish the 'murderers' of pro-democracy
protesters and accept Arab League observers
AFP , Friday 9 Dec 2011
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/28897/World/Region/Turkey-tells-Assad-to-punish-murderers-of-oppositi.aspx
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) talks to his German
counterpart Guido Westerwelle as they pose for a group photo during a NATO
foreign ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels
December 7, 2011. (Photo:Reuters)

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Turkey urged Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Friday to punish the
"murderers" of anti-regime protesters and accept observers proposed by the
Arab League.

"If he (Assad) is now sincere, he will immediately punish the murderers
and accept Arab League observers. He still has such an opportunity,"
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters.

His comments were in response to a question about a rare interview with
Assad in which the Syrian leader said he was not responsible for the
months-long bloodshed, drawing a distinction between himself and the
military.

Davutoglu said Assad's remarks were a kind of "confession".

"He now accepts that security forces might have made a mistake," said
Davutoglu. "I wish he had said this in April."

Assad told veteran ABC News interviewer Barbara Walters this week that
security forces belonged to "the government" and not him personally.

"We don't kill our people," Assad said. "No government in the world kills
its people, unless it's led by a crazy person."

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Re: TURKEY/SYRIA/MIL/CT - Turkey urges Assad to punish security forces
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... Turkey tells Assad to punish "murderers" of opposition
December 9, 2011 share
http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=340948

Turkey urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday to punish the
"murderers" of anti-regime protesters and accept observers proposed by the
Arab League.

"If [Assad] is now sincere, he will immediately punish the murderers and
accept Arab League observers. He still has such an opportunity," Turkish
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters.

His comments were in response to a question about a rare interview with
Assad in which the Syrian leader said he was not responsible for the
months-long bloodshed, drawing a distinction between himself and the
military.

Davutoglu said Assad's remarks were a kind of "confession."

"He now accepts that security forces might have made a mistake," said
Davutoglu. "I wish he had said this in April."

Assad told veteran ABC News interviewer Barbara Walters this week that
security forces belonged to "the government" and not him personally.


"We don't kill our people," Assad said. "No government in the world kills
its people, unless it's led by a crazy person."

-AFP/NOW Lebanon



Assad told veteran ABC News interviewer Barbara Walters this week that
security forces belonged to "the government" and not him personally.
  ???

WHO is the Government than?
Who has ordered to shoot on demonstrators?
Are these just "political words" of a liar" ...?
... But it's at least enormously stupid and criminal from one that risks to be took down each second to shoot on civilians...

What The Hell is going on in Syria, actually?!