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Turkish FM defends policies on Syrian crisis

(Xinhua)

09:15, April 27, 2012

ANKARA, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday defended the government's policies regarding Syria' crisis, which came under fire of the opposition criticism, saying by these policies Turkey is leading the 'wave of change' in the Middle East.

Speaking at the parliament, Davutoglu said "a new Middle East is about to be born. We will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East."

The foreign minister criticized main opposition party Republican People's Party, which rejects Turkey's policies towards Syria, saying he does not understand those who embrace "autocratic regimes" instead of people of the Middle East.

"Dealing with Syria is not a matter of choice, but obligation," Davutoglu said, adding Turkey would be involved in every step pushing Syria to reach peace.

Turkey, once a close ally of Damascus, has imposed on Syria a series of sanctions, including an arms embargo, due to its alleged crackdown on anti-government protesters.

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