Turkey: Bloodshed in Syria must immediately stop

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Posted: Aug 15, 2011 12:44 PM
Turkey: Bloodshed in Syria must immediately stop

Turkey's foreign minister has urged Syria to immediately end its deadly suppression of the nation's 5-month-old uprising, threatening it with unspecified "steps" if it fails to do so.

Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday the bloodshed must end "immediately and without conditions or excuses."

Davutoglu added: "If the operations do not end, there would be nothing more to discuss about steps that would be taken," without saying what that action could include.

Turkey, a former close ally of Syria, has been increasingly frustrated with its brutal crackdown of the protests. Davutoglu traveled to Damascus last week and urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to end to the bloodshed. But Turkey, Syria's neighbor and an important trading party, has not joined the U.S. and European in imposing sanctions.