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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates - Turkish PM: Syrian Leader 'Mute Devil'

Published on: February 24, 2013 09:04 AM
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he gives his speech during the opening ceremony of the second edition of Government Communication Forum (GCF) 2013 in Gulf emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 24 February 2013.  EPATurkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he gives his speech during the opening ceremony of the second edition of Government Communication Forum (GCF) 2013 in Gulf emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 24 February 2013.  EPA

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates - Turkey’s prime minister denounced Syria’s leader Sunday, calling him a “mute devil” for carrying out attacks on his own people but not standing up to Israel’s occupation of Syrian territory.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan received several rounds of applause at a government communications forum in the United Arab Emirates, which has joined other Gulf nations in backing Syrian rebels seeking to topple President Bashar Assad.

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“We will not remain silent in the face of the cruel dictator, the mute devil, who mercilessly carried out massacres against his own people, but who has remained silent and unresponsive toward those who have occupied his own territories for decades,” Erdogan told the gathering in Sharjah, just north of Dubai.

Israel captured the strategic Golan Heights plateau in 1967. Despite hostility between the two countries, Israel and Syria have not gone to war since 1973 and the border region has been generally without major tensions for decades.

Erdogan, whose nation watches over teeming Syrian refugee camps, urged world leaders to denounce attacks on civilians by the Syrian regime, saying “we must to stand up to cruelty and aggression.”

The comments came just hours before the new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was scheduled to begin his first official overseas trip that will include talks with NATO allies, including Turkey, on ways to end nearly two years of bloodshed in Syria that has claimed at least 70,000 lives.

The U.S. and Western allies have resisted rebel appeals to supply heavy arms, fearing the weapons could escalate the civil war and possibly fall into the hands of Islamist militant factions that have joined the fight against Assad.

“We cannot remain silent,” said Erdogan, a keynote speaker at the conference to examine government media strategies and outreach.


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 Feb 24, 2013 at 09:45 AM victorg Says:

Baruch hashem, let them all kill each other

Is he more angry that Assad attacks his own? Or that he didn't attack us?

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 Feb 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM 12345 Says:

so. I guess when hes done slughtering kurds wholesale ill care.

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 Feb 24, 2013 at 11:23 AM Benny Says:

I guess you found a brother, just you are "devil with a big mouth", and also stupid, at least he keeps his mouth shut.

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 Feb 24, 2013 at 03:37 PM RebKlemson Says:

wheres ban ki-moon and his big mouth now

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