Turkey: Assad exploiting delays to Syria peace talks

November 20, 2013 16:42

ISTANBUL - Turkey accused Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday of exploiting delays to planned US and Russian-backed peace talks by stepping up attacks on the opposition and said the conference must take place quickly if it was to be of use.

Russia, which strongly backs Assad, and the United States announced in May they would try to bring Syria's government and opposition together at the so-called Geneva 2 peace talks, but a date has so far proved elusive.

"The (Assad) regime is orchestrating an absolute human tragedy by ramping up its bombings recently and leaving its people starving through a siege," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference in Istanbul.

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