Turkish premier slams Security Council over Syria

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Associated Press

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 13 at 12:34 PM

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's prime minister is blasting the U.N. Security Council for its failure to agree on decisive steps to end the 19-month civil war in Syria.

At an international conference in Istanbul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) says the world is witnessing a humanitarian tragedy in Syria while two nations veto resolutions pressuring Damascus to end the conflict. Erdogan says waiting for Russia and China to support the resolutions will doom Syria.

He spoke as Turkey's foreign minister met with Arab and European leaders. The foreign minister told reporters that Turkey is prepared to use force again if it is attacked, as happened last week when a shell fired from Syria killed five Turkish villagers.

In the past week, Turkey intercepted a Syrian plane and seized what it says was military equipment on board. Syria denounced the move as air piracy, while Russia said the cargo was radar parts that complied with international law.

Germany's foreign minister voiced support for Turkey today but cautioned that the situation between Turkey and Syria could quickly escalate, likening it to a "wildfire" that could devastate the entire region.

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133-c-15-(Frank Jordans, AP correspondent)-"of the council"-AP correspondent Frank Jordans reports that Turkey's prime minister thinks there are major flaws in the way the U.N. Security Council is structured, with too much power in the hands of Russia and China. ((note audio quality)) (13 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *133 (10/13/12)>> 00:15 "of the council"

134-c-05-(Frank Jordans, AP correspondent)-"pressure on Syria"-AP correspondent Frank Jordans reports that Turkey's prime minister used as an example of U.N. Security Council failings the power Russia and China have in stopping action on Syria. ((note audio quality)) (13 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *134 (10/13/12)>> 00:05 "pressure on Syria"

132-c-18-(Frank Jordans, AP correspondent)-"against the opposition"-AP correspondent Frank Jordans reports that Turkey's leader, at a forum in Instanbul, has criticized the U.N. Security Council for not taking decisive steps to end the war in Syria. ((note audio quality)) (13 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *132 (10/13/12)>> 00:18 "against the opposition"

136-a-16-(Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (AH'-meht dah-voot-OH'-loo), during panel session at the Istanbul World Forum)-"decison-making process (second reference)"-Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says major U.N. decisions currently are made by too few nations. (Turkey has complained about the veto power wielded by Russia and China to block tougher actions against Syria.) (13 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *136 (10/13/12)>> 00:16 "decison-making process (second reference)"

135-a-18-(Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (AH'-meht dah-voot-OH'-loo), during panel session at Istanbul World Forum)-"decision-making process"-Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu calls for wide reform of the United Nations, so more nations can be heard. (Turkey has complained about the veto power wielded by Russia and China to block tougher actions against Syria.) (13 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *135 (10/13/12)>> 00:18 "decision-making process"

APPHOTO ANK116: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, left, his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, center, and U.N. envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, seen during a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Turkey's prime minister sharply criticized the U.N. Security Council on Saturday for its failure to agree on decisive steps to end the 19-month civil war in Syria.(AP Photo) (13 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO ANK103: Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a forum in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Turkey's prime minister sharply criticized the U.N. Security Council on Saturday for its failure to agree on decisive steps to end the 19-month civil war in Syria. (AP Photo) (13 Oct 2012)

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