Turkey to set up Syria buffer zone, CNN Turk TV says

August 16, 2011 16:41

ANKARA - A Turkish broadcaster said on Tuesday Turkey would set up a buffer zone on its border with Syria, but a Turkish government official said he had no such information.

CNN Turk broadcast the news in a rolling headline but gave no source.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday military operations against civilians must end immediately and unconditionally, warning the Syrian president that this was Ankara's "final word". Turkish leaders, who once backed Assad, are sounding increasingly frustrated at Damascus.

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