PRETORIA - Turkey will impose its own sanctions on Syria despite the UN Security Council's failure to adopt a resolution that would have hinted at future international measures against Damascus, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

Russia and China vetoed the European-drafted UN resolution on Tuesday, handing Syrian President Bashar Assad a diplomatic victory as his security forces pursue a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Speaking in South Africa, Erdogan lamented the failure of the resolution, but said it would not deter Turkey from launching its own sanctions against Assad's government.

"Naturally the veto...cannot prevent sanctions," Erdogan said. "We will of necessity implement a package of sanctions."

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