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Turkey claims no intention of war with Syria

10-06-2012 05:17 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made his first official speech since the shelling of the Turkish village of Akcakale from Syria, which killed five Turks and injured ten others on Wednesday. Erdogan said they wanted only peace and security in the region and had no intention of war.

Speaking at a news conference in Ankara shortly after his meeting with Iranian First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, Erdogan said that Turkey would never start a war with Syria.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "We in Turkey only want peace and safety in this region. That is our desire. We would never have an incentive to start a war. The price of war is apparent in Iraq, apparent in Afghanistan, and it is apparent in Syria, even within such a small timeframe as one and a half years."

Turkish parliament approved a motion for cross-border military operations inside Syria on Thursday in an emergency session, that would renew the government’s power to authorise military operations outside the Turkish border.

Erdogan said the bill aims to set up deterrence measures.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "Turkey has more than enough power to protect its people and its borders. And no country should ever test our determination on this matter." "The real purpose of the bill that was approved in parliament today is to re-establish our deterrence. As you know, one of the most effective ways of preventing wars is effective deterrence."

Erdogan’s comments came just a day after Syrian artillery shells landed in the southeastern town of Akcakale on Wednesday.

He suggested that the Syrian shelling was not accidental, saying such shells had fallen on Turkish territory on seven previous occasions since Syria’s civil war began last year.

The Turkish Prime Minister’s Office had published a statement stating Turkish Armed Forces at the border had responded immediately within the rules of engagement, bombarding several locations in Syria identified by radars.

Many international organisations and countries had condemned the Syrian attack.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CCTV.com

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