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World cannot 'remain spectators' over Aleppo: Turkish PM

Last modified: 28 Jul 2012 07:57

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged international action in Syria, saying it was not possible "to remain a spectator" to the regime's offensive on its second city Aleppo.

The Syrian regime has ramped up its pressure on the key northern hub over the last two days as world powers expressed fears of an all-out onslaught against rebel forces and civilians there.

Erdogan, speaking after meeting British Prime Minister David Cameron at his Downing Street residence, urged joint action from the UN Security Council, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League.

"The most important (thing), which we have seen arise more recently, is the situation in Syria where what is happening is very important and very dangerous," Erdogan told a joint press conference with the British premier. "There is a regime there that kills and massacres its own people.

"We must do what we can together, in the United Nations Security Council and also in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League, to make sure that we can make some important progress in trying to avert this appalling situation.

"There is a build up in Aleppo and the recent statements, with respect to the use of weapons of mass destruction, are actions that we cannot remain an observer or spectator to."

[Source: AFP]