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Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Assad's government has "no legitimacy".
Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke before his country's parliament. He said the Syrian government had "no legitimacy," and appealed to the Syrian people to remember historic ties between the two countries.
"Syria's borders can never prevent the brotherhood between Turkey and Syria," he said. "We are like five fingers of a hand."
"The United Nations and Kofi Annan gave him a plan, but he did not take it seriously."
"The Syrian regime has no more legitimacy, that is clear. Women, children, the elderly, have been killed relentlessly by this tyranny," he said.
Speaking to his domestic opponents, he called for broader support for his government's stance on Syria.
"Nobody should follow a discourse that is going to harm our interests with regards to Syria," he said.
"Syria did what they did without making any sort of warning," he said, saying that Turkey "has a right" to patrol the airspace in the region, given its interests in Cyprus.
The Turkish leader is speaking, but for now hasn't made any clear call for any confrontation with Syria, however, reflecting a public opinion that does not support any escalation.
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