Turkey calls anew for end to Syria operations

August 17, 2011 14:00

ISTANBUL - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made a fresh call on Wednesday for Syria to halt military operations in a crackdown on widespread demonstrations calling for the overthrow of President Bashar Assad.

Davutoglu's latest comments came after he ruled out on Tuesday foreign intervention in its southern neighbor after Syrian tanks fired on areas of the port city of Latakia on Tuesday in an assault which has killed 36 people.

"The bloodshed has to stop, first and foremost. The military operations have to stop," Davutoglu told a news conference with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh.

"If the operations continue in Syria and the operations become a regional problem Turkey can naturally not remain indifferent," he said.

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