Emergency meeting in Ankara for Syria

Emergency meeting in Ankara for Syria

 

By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara

Davutoğlu “Turkey faces a great risk’

The developments in Syria and the possibility of military intervention have caused concern in Ankara about the prospect of some sort of retaliation on the part of Damascus.

This is the reason why, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will hold an emergency meeting with ministers and government officials in Ankara.

In this meeting it is expected to take part Ahmet Davutoglu, the commander of MIT Hakan Fidan and the Defence Minister Yilmaz Iset. The meeting will begin in the afternoon.

According to the newspaper Taraf, the Turkish Air Force has moved 20 aircraft F-16 to the Diyarbakir base in southeastern Turkey. The biggest fear of Ankara is a potential hit from the side of Syria with chemical weapons, an action that is not easy to deal with.

The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a telephone conversation with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry and his British counterpart William Hague.

Ahmet Davutoglu admitted that Turkey is facing a great risk on the developments in Syria as a result of any martial aggression to Damascus and the regime of Bashar Assad.

“Turkey has a 910 km border with Syria and so it faces a big security risk. We have already taken the necessary measures and we have changed the rules of engagement, after the shooting down of our aircraft from the side of Syria a year ago. Turkey will take every measure within the framework of its strategic interests. Nobody should be in any doubt that our armed forces, under the command received from the Parliament,  will do what is necessary, ” said the Turkish Foreign Minister in his statement shortly after his trip to Saudi Arabia.

Davutoglu stressed that Turkey wishes to avoid using their Armed Forces. “However, if needed, no one should be in doubt about the determination and the strength of the Turkish Armed Forces,” added the Turkish minister.