ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Syria’s neighbors, wary of stirring a conflict that could spill back over their borders, would be reluctant partners in a U.S.-led intervention but are ultimately likely to support limited military action if widespread use of chemical weapons is proven.
The White House disclosed U.S. intelligence on Thursday that Syria had likely used chemical weapons, a move President Barack Obama had said could trigger unspecified consequences, widely interpreted to include possible U.S. military action.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Syria’s opposition outlined its vision for an era after President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday, rejecting “all forms of terrorism” and vowing to keep weapons out of the “wrong hands” in a nod to the demands of its Western backers.
After six hours of meetings in a palace on the shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, the declaration by the main opposition Syrian National Coalition was welcomed by allies including the United States and Britain.
ISTANBUL, April 20 (Reuters) – Syrian opposition figures
voiced frustration with their international backers on Saturday
in the face of reluctance from some to supply the rebels with
weapons and a call for them to distance themselves from
Speaking at a meeting of the Friends of Syria in Istanbul,
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Germany was
sceptical about supplying weapons to the rebels but said the
subject should be discussed by the European Union.
NEW YORK/ISTANBUL, March 27 (Reuters) – Ratings agency
Standard & Poor’s raised Turkey to within a whisker of
investment grade on Wednesday, citing a rebalancing economy and
progress in a Kurdish peace process, but the move failed to
impress the country’s finance minister.
The ratings agency lifted Turkey’s sovereign credit rating
to BB-plus from BB with a stable outlook, noting that its
external financing requirements had declined thanks to strong
exports and a drop in domestic demand.
ISTANBUL, March 27 (Reuters) – Turkey’s central bank
signalled a move away from its focus on protecting the economy
against hot money on Wednesday, hunkering down instead for the
threat of falling capital inflows if the crisis in Cyprus
triggers global risk aversion.
The bank said there had been a “notable” deceleration in
inflows recently and that this, combined with its tighter
liquidity policy, would dampen the credit growth it has spent
much of the past two years trying to keep in check.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused Kurdish politicians on Friday of trying to sabotage talks to end a 28-year-old insurrection, lamenting the absence of Turkish flags during a mass rally to mark a ceasefire by Kurdish rebels.
Jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan ordered his fighters to cease fire and withdraw from Turkey in a letter read to hundreds of thousands in the city of Diyarbakir in the mainly Kurdish southeast on Thursday. Kurdish red-yellow-green flags and banners displaying Ocalan’s face dominated the crowd.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Kurdish politician Abdullah Demirbas is haunted by the nightmare vision of his two sons meeting in the hills of southeastern Turkey.
The first left home at 16 to join Kurdish rebels fighting the Turkish army, and now his older brother is signing up on the government side. Like many Kurds weary of a war that has killed 40,000, he prays talks between fighters and government will bring the swift, lasting peace that has eluded generations.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 14 (Reuters) – Kurdish politician
Abdullah Demirbas is haunted by the nightmare vision of his two
sons meeting in the hills of southeastern Turkey.
The first left home at 16 to join Kurdish rebels fighting
the Turkish army, and now his older brother is signing up on the
government side. Like many Kurds weary of a war that has killed
40,000, he prays talks between fighters and government will
bring the swift, lasting peace that has eluded generations.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Burhan Kuzu has a weighty responsibility: drafting a new constitution that could set Turkey on the path to democratic maturity or send it lurching towards greater authoritarianism.
Time is not on his side.
Kuzu heads a cross-party commission that has until April to reconcile its differences on replacing the current constitution, a text born out of a 1980 coup which, despite numerous revisions, still bears the stamp of military tutelage.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A member of a Turkish leftist group that accuses Washington of using Turkey as its “slave” carried out a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. embassy, the Ankara governor’s office cited DNA tests as showing on Saturday.
Ecevit Sanli, a member of the leftist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), blew himself up in a perimeter gatehouse on Friday as he tried to enter the embassy, also killing a Turkish security guard.