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Jan 24, 2012

Turkey warns Iraqi PM over sectarian conflict

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned his Iraqi counterpart, Nuri al-Maliki, on Tuesday that Ankara would not remain silent if he pursued a sectarian conflict in his country.

A war of words between the two neighbors has added to heightened regional tension. Turkey fears Iraq is heading toward a full-scale sectarian war while Baghdad has accused Ankara of meddling.

Jan 24, 2012

Turkey’s Erdogan lambasts France on genocide law

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan attacked the French parliament on Tuesday for passing a “discriminatory and racist” bill which makes it illegal to deny the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was genocide.

With passions running high in Turkey on Monday’s Senate vote, one newspaper denounced the French president as “Satan Sarkozy” and some politicians have already suggested dredging up France’s own colonial history.

Dec 21, 2011

Rights groups condemn arrests of Turkish journalists

ISTANBUL, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Press freedom groups
condemned the arrests of dozens of journalists across Turkey
this week, which rights groups say could make it one of the
countries with the most reporters in jail.

France-based Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday it
was “astonished” at the scale and manner of the detentions,
which have “no place in a democratic state”, and urged Turkish
authorities to explain in detail the reasons for the arrests.

Nov 30, 2011

Turkey slaps sanctions on Syria, may consider more

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey said Wednesday it had suspended all financial credit dealings with Syria and frozen Syrian government assets, joining the Arab League and Western powers in imposing economic sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference that Turkey, Syria’s largest trading partner and a rising Middle East power, will also block delivery of all weapons and military equipment to Damascus as part of measures aimed at persuading Assad to end a crackdown on protesters.

Nov 23, 2011

Syria crackdown threatens turmoil in region: Gul

LONDON/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Abdullah Gul warned on Wednesday that President Bashar al-Assad’s violent crackdown on an eight-month-old revolt in Syria threatened to “drag the whole region into turmoil and bloodshed.”

Gul’s fears for regional stability followed a searing attack by Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan the day before when he accused Assad of “cowardice” for turning guns on his own people, evoking comparisons with Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy. Erdogan bluntly told his former friend to quit.

Nov 22, 2011

Turkey calls on former ally Assad to step down

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday to step down for the sake of his people and the Middle East, tightening regional pressure on Damascus after Arab states threatened sanctions over its crackdown on unrest.

Activists said 11 civilians were killed in Syria, which also faces potential condemnation at the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee on Tuesday for its military campaign to crush eight months of protests against Assad.

Nov 22, 2011

Turkish PM calls on Syria’s Assad to quit

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called on Tuesday for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down for the sake of peace in the region and said Turkey could not turn its back on the Syrian people.

Erdogan said Assad should learn a lesson from the fate of Muammar Gaddafi — the Libyan leader toppled by rebels in August and killed after his capture last month — and that criticism of the Syrian government’s violent crackdown on protesters did not amount to a call for international military intervention.

Nov 22, 2011

Turkish PM calls on Syria’s Assad to step down

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called on Tuesday for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down for the sake of peace in the region and said Turkey could not turn its back on the Syrian people.

Erdogan said Assad should learn a lesson from the fate of Muammar Gaddafi — the Libyan leader toppled by rebels in August and killed after his capture last month — and that criticism of the Syrian government’s violent crackdown on protesters did not amount to a call for international military intervention.

Nov 21, 2011

Gunmen attack Turkish buses in Syria, 2 wounded: media

ANKARA (Reuters) – Gunmen opened fire on a convoy of Turkish buses inside Syria carrying pilgrims returning from the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia early on Monday, wounding two Turks, Turkish media reported.

Reports of the incident were fragmentary and Turkish authorities said they were still trying to establish what had happened. Some of the shaken travelers said the attackers appeared to be Syrian soldiers.

Nov 15, 2011

Turkey says Syria on “knife-edge,” may cut power

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey kept up pressure on its one-time ally Syria Tuesday, warning President Bashar al-Assad his government was on a “knife-edge” and saying it may review its supplies of electricity to Damascus if it does not change course.

In a possible signal Turkey was readying economic sanctions against Damascus, the country’s Economy Ministry also said it had established a Syria desk to monitor developments and to assist Turkish businesses doing trade in Syria.