Turkey urges Syria to stop crackdown

European powers threaten sanctions if the Syrian crackdown does not ease.

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2011, 16:19 PM IST

Ankara: Turkey, which sees itself as a model for regional democracy, is urging Syrian President Bashar Assad to meet the demands of pro-reform demonstrators as some European powers threaten sanctions if the Syrian crackdown does not ease.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said a delegation is expected to be in Syria on Thursday to convey Turkey`s worries as the country`s National Security Council — gathering civilian and military leaders — prepares to hear assessments by Turkey`s ambassador to Damascus.

The Syrian crisis poses the biggest challenge yet to Turkey`s developing trade and political ties with Damascus as part of Turkey`s policy to seek "zero-problems" with neighbors.
Erdogan has said Turkey does not want to see an "an authoritarian, totalitarian, imposing structure," in Syria.

Bureau Report