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Turkey’s final warning to Syria: Tomorrow may be too late for reforms

by Cem Ertür
What is unfolding in Syria is an armed insurrection supported covertly by foreign powers including the US, Turkey and Israel.

Angelina Jolie, the Hollywood celebrity and goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees waves as she exits a van surrounded by Syrian refugees at the Altinozu refugee camp
[in Turkey] near the Syrian border, Friday, June 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Selcan Hacaoglu)

Zaman, 17 June 2011
Turkey’s final warning to Syria: Tomorrow may be too late for reforms
  • We have spoken to the refugees; you cannot say ‘there is no oppression against the people’
  • Allow the international press to have free access to the country; otherwise nobody will believe you

Vatan, 12 June 2011 
“Children’s heads smashed by army boots”
Syrian soldiers who sought refuge in Turkey upon fear of Maher [Assad]’s wrath for refusing to shoot
civilians, recounted the atrocity to Vatan: “They raped women and smashed the heads of children in
front of our eyes.”

Star, 12 June 2011
The closer we are to Turkey, the safer we are
Nearly 4500 Syrians located in tent camps set up in Hatay [Turkey] recounted the ongoing human tragedy
to Star: “The closer we are to Turkish soldiers the safer we are.”

Sabah, 11 June 2011
Maher the monster
Maher Assad, who is the chief perpetrator of the massacre in Syria, is killing women and children through
torture and lacerating the corpses.

Milliyet, 11 June 2011
The death machines
4th Division, which is the most ruthless unit of the Syrian army, is advancing towards the town of
Cisrus-Sugur on the [Syria-Turkey] border while bombing the villages on the way. Fear of massacre
escalates flight to Turkey.

Hürriyet, 11 June 2011
Offensive photograph
A video showing the very moment of a woman being shot by a sniper in Syria triggered worldwide
outrage. Prime Minister Erdogan also strongly criticized President Assad, saying: “Such savagery...
The scenes are hard to stomach”.

Radikal, 10 June 2011
Poisonous water exodus 
Syrians who took refuge in the Yayladag district of Hatay [Turkey] report: “The Assad regime is trying to
poison its own people. There is water and power failure. Soldiers are distributing poisoned water to the

Sabah, 27 April 2011
Plan B for Syria is ready
As Ankara’s plan A based on a scenario of Syria’s transition to democracy through reforms is pushed off
the agenda following the bloody developments, plan B is being put into action. This plan which is based
on the possibility of “chaos, civil war and migration in Syria” will be discussed at [Turkey’s] National
Security Council tomorrow.
Turkey’s final warning to Syria: Tomorrow may be too late for reforms
[propaganda alert]
compiled by Cem Ertür
18 June 2011
1) Turkey’s final warning to Syria: Tomorrow may be too late for reforms  (17 June 2011)
2) Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan: Syria is not behaving in a humane manner  (10 June 2011)
3) Syrian opposition meeting in Turkey supports regime change in Syria (3 June 2011)
4) Turkey plans to send troops into Syria to carve out a safe area for Syrian refugees (30 May 2011)
excerpts from: Turkey says Syria only has a few days left to get its act together
Today’s Zaman, 17 June 2011
Turkey has delivered a blunt message to the Syrian leadership, saying the regime's willingness to undertake sweeping reforms in the unrest-laden country will determine the position of Turkey in the coming days, if not weeks, diplomatic sources told Today's Zaman. [...]
According to an incremental plan, Turkey will start supporting tougher UN resolutions if the regime fails to live up to the expectations of the international community.
The strongest message yet to the Syrian leadership was conveyed by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who spoke with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's special envoy, Hassan Turkmani, earlier this week.
“We underlined that Turkish support to Syria hinges on the willingness of the Syrian government to adopt sweeping reforms in the country. We detailed our suggestions before and even relayed a written proposal to Damascus on how they should proceed to stabilize the country,” the source explained.
“Actually, the situation in Syria is not exactly like the one in Libya. Syria is practically a domestic issue for us, I have said this many times. We have a [common] border that extends for 850-900 kilometres.
Currently there are [people] entering Turkey through the Altinozu [district]. [...]  We really cannot close our gates to people fleeing for their lives and seeking refuge in Turkey. We have to let them in. But, of course, how long this will continue, that’s another matter. [...] 
I say this clearly and openly, from a humanitarian point of view, his brother [Maher Assad] is not behaving in a humane manner. And he is chasing after savagery. Their appearance next to the women they have killed is such an ugly sight. These scenes are hard to stomach.
This [situation] is inevitably leading to the United Nations Security Council’s involvement and preparations are being made there as well. So, in the face of all this we cannot continue to support Syria. Because we do have relatives [living] there.”
[Turkey’ Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, TV interview at “Gundem Ozel” programme, ATV channel, 9 June 2011. This interview was conducted three days before the general elections in Turkey.]
Video of the interview (in Turkish):
Basbakan Erdogan Atv Gundem Ozel Secim Programinda - 9 Haziran 2011
Note: The excerpts above have been transcribed and translated from Turkish by Cem Ertür.
excerpt from: Assad opponents decide to support regime change in Syria
Today’s Zaman, 3 June 2011
The Syria for Change conference, a three-day meeting held by opponents of the Syrian government in the southern Turkish city of Antalya, ended on Friday with the participants declaring their full support for the revolution and regime change in Syria.
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excerpts from: Who cares in the Middle East what Obama says?

by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 30 May 2011
Turkish generals have thus prepared an operation that would send several battalions of Turkish troops into Syria itself to carve out a “safe area” for Syrian refugees inside Assad's caliphate. The Turks are prepared to advance well beyond the Syrian border town of Al Qamishli – perhaps half way to Deir el-Zour [...] to provide a “safe haven” for those fleeing the slaughter in Syria's cities.
related news:
'Turkey ponders buffer zone in Syria'
Turkey may send its military forces into Syrian soil to establish a “buffer zone,” should the current unrest in Syria skyrocket into a refugee crisis that would pose a threat to Ankara, a report says.
Press TV, 16 June 2011
Turkey leads anti-Syria smear campaign
Turkey's smear campaign against the Syrian government is much worse than the propaganda spread by Arab media to tarnish the image of Damascus with regards to its recent unrest.
Press TV, 13 June 2011
related articles:
The destabilization of Syria and the broader Middle East war
by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 17 June 2011
The Obama doctrine: Lawless imperial aggression (part II)
by Stephen Lendman, SteveLendmanBlog, 11 June 2011
America's next war theater: Syria and Lebanon?
Washington's war against the Resistance Bloc
by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Global Research, 10 June 2011
Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress: Racism, War-Mongering and Fabrication
Netanyahu can’t reverse the tide of history
by Richard Becker, Global Research, 27 May 2011
Syria: Who is behind the protest movement? Fabricating a pretext for a US-NATO “humanitarian intervention”
by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 3 May 2011
Al Jazeera's war on Syria
by Stephen Lendman, SteveLendmanBlog, 2 May 2011
Libyan scenario for Syria: Towards a US-NATO “humanitarian intervention” directed against Syria?
by Rick Rozoff, Global Research, 30 April 2011 “
Media disinformation and the Syrian protest movement
by Voltaire Network, Global Research, 27 April 2011
Media disinformation: The protest movement in Syria Western media coverage of the events in Daraa
by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 28 March 2011
propaganda alerts:
Turkey’s top officials: A new regime should be established in Libya
by Cem Ertür, 911 Blogger, 25 May 2011
Turkish daily: Bunker to shelter Turkey’s top brass in the event of a nuclear war
by Cem Ertür, Dandelion Salad, 28 December 2010
President Gul: NATO missile plan is in line with our expectations
by Cem Ertür, 911Blogger, 22 November 2010
Once again, a CSIS report designates Turkey as the optimum route for a possible Israeli attack on Iran
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