The following was Erdoğan's response to the question, 'Where is Syria headed?'
-"The developments in Syria are not what we approve of. We had very good relations. Ever since the day I took on this position Assad and I had a family-oriented pleasant relationship. However, the steps discussed for eight to nine years remained amongst ourselves. In the beginning of 2011, I had a three to three and a half hour meeting with him where I said there needs to be an environment where the public is able to put forth their own will. The public is interested and involved with you; this could be turned into an opportunity.
We also sent them a program on development. However not a single step was taken. At present, Assad has lost administrative authority. Opposition forces are now in control. Currently, in the northern part of Assad's area there are steps being taken as if a Kurdish state had been established there. It is not possible for Turkey to be in favor of any sort of collaboration with the PKK there. We are placed in a position of being between this settlement and our sensitive balance. We are not just going to say all right to this. If Syria divides there will be sectarian tension.
-When it comes to Syria, we are unable to give any sort of date this will come to an end. Moreover, we are not a part of this. However, this atrocity needs to come to an end as soon as possible. At present, all of Syria has been destroyed. There have been over 20,000 deaths. This is what we have determined thus far. There have been over 200,000 migrations. We think there may be about 100,000 refugees; they will continue to come here. Right now, the Assad administration is stuck in Damascus. In other areas, the opposition's influence is dominant. The north has now gone to the Kurds. There is a settlement there. It is impossible at present to estimate how many more lives will be lost with this structure.
Please click to read our informative text prepared pursuant to the Law on the Protection of Personal Data No. 6698 and to get information about the cookies used on our website in accordance with the relevant legislation.
6698 sayılı Kişisel Verilerin Korunması Kanunu uyarınca hazırlanmış aydınlatma metnimizi okumak ve sitemizde ilgili mevzuata uygun olarak kullanılan çerezlerle ilgili bilgi almak için lütfen tıklayınız.