Turkish PM says Syria intervention should aim to end Assad rule

By REUTERS
August 30, 2013 23:19

ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that any international military intervention against Syria should be aimed at bringing an end to the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The comments from Erdogan, long one of Assad's fiercest critics, came as US President Barack Obama said he was considering a narrow, limited US response to last week's chemical weapons attack in Syria.

"It can't be a 24 hours hit-and-run," Erdogan told reporters at a reception in the presidential palace in the capital Ankara. "What matters is stopping the bloodshed in Syria and weakening the regime to the point where it gives up."

Erdogan cited the NATO operation against Yugoslavia during the Kosovo war as an example.

"If it is something like the example of Kosovo, the Syrian regime won't be able to continue," he said.

Erdogan said he would have bilateral discussions with Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit next week.


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