Turkey - Mar 12, 2012 - 10:40
Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 10:40
Kofi Annan, the international mediator on the Syrian crisis, was due to hold talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday after a weekend trip to Damascus failed to yield results.
A Turkish diplomatic source told AFP that "Kofi Annan will be in Ankara in the afternoon" where he would discuss details of his contacts in Damascus with the premier before a working dinner with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
Turkey, which had been an ally of neighbouring Syria, has been increasingly critical of the Damscus regime's brutal year- ong crackdown on the opposition and has called for President Bashar al-Assad to quit.
It has also playing to host to opposition groups and an increasing number of refugees fleeing the violence in their homeland.
Although Annan was previously scheduled to visit the Syrian refugee camps in the Turkish province of Hatay on the border with Syria, his tight schedule may not allow the refugee camp tour, the Turkish source added.
Hatay is home to a massive tent camp that has been set up to provide shelter for thousands of refugees who have been flocking into Turkey to escape violence at home since the revolt erupted last March.