Erdogan to Assad: Tanks will not keep you in power forever

November 21, 2011 16:21

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that he could "remain in power with tanks and cannons only up to a certain point," AFP reported.

Speaking in Istanbul following reports that two Turkish citizens were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a convoy of Turkish buses carrying pilgrims in northern Syria, Erdogan warned Abbas, "The day will come when you'll also leave."

Erdogan criticized Assad's continued recalcitrance, stating that the Syrian leader was opening the way for "outside interference."

"Why don't you handle your own problem within yourself," Erdogan asked of Assad, denouncing the use of military force against "those who only want a decent life."

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