05 Nov '11, 3am

Turkey steps up pressure on Syria - Channel News Asia

ISTANBUL: Turkey is harshening its stance against its former ally Syria, laying the ground for Syrian dissidents including army defectors and readying to announce new measures against Damascus. "We cannot remain a mere bystander" to the developments unfolding in Syria, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Berlin during an official visit on Wednesday. "We believe it is necessary to implement certain sanctions" against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, whose crackdown on protests has claimed more than 3,000 lives since mid-March, according to the United Nations. Erdogan however did not elaborate on what kind of sanctions he was mulling against his former "friend" Bashar. Turkey had enjoyed good relations with its neighbour before the uprising began, holding joint cabinet meetings, abolishing visas and fostering trade. Erdogan had been expected to announce sanct...

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