Turkey to supply humanitarian aid across Syrian border

10:17, June 17, 2011      

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Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday that Turkey had decided to supply humanitarian aid for 10, 000 Syrian refugees gathered across Turkish border fleeing from crackdown by Syrian regime.

"We have decided to help our Syrian brothers to meet their urgent needs for food. Other humanitarian assistance also will be provided. There are more than 10,000 people at the moment just over Turkey's border, on the other side of the barbed wire," Davutoglu told reporters after a meeting with Hasan Turkmani, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's special envoy, in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Davutoglu urged its neighbor to lift its military assault on protestors and once more asked Damascus to launch reforms which would change perception of international actors.

"We want a strong, stable, prosperous Syria. To achieve this we believe Syria should implement the comprehensive reform process towards democratization guaranteed by President Bashar al-Assad, including political reforms," the minister said.

The crackdown of Assad regime was condemned by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as being "inhuman". So, the close relations between Ankara and Damascus went sour.

Following a phone conversation with Erdogan on Tuesday, Assad sent his envoy for talks in Ankara. Syrian envoy met with Turkish Prime Minister for a three-hour talk on Wednesday night.

Turkey has called Assad several times since unrest erupted in Syria in March and urged for reform.

A statement, issued by the Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Situation Management on Thursday, said that 8,904 Syrians were staying at tent-sites in Yayladagi, Altinozu and Reyhanli towns of the province of Hatay in southern Turkey.

A lieutenant colonel and four soldiers resigned from Syrian military and crossed into Turkey to take shelter after violence between government forces and anti-Assad protesters in Syria, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Thursday.

Source: Xinhua
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