Ankara, 11 Jumadil Akhir 1434/20 April 2013 (MINA) – Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday (18/4) that it is the right time to stop the crimes of war in Syria.

     Speaking on private CNN Turk TV channel, Davutoglu stressed that the number of Scud missiles fired from Damascus to Aleppo was 205 and that it was time to act on the crimes of war in Syria, Anadolu Agency quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

     “Every time a Scud missile gets fired, a neighborhood in Syria disappears. And this is a ‘crime of war’,” Davutoglu noted.

     “It is now time to act on such crimes of war. Those committing the war crimes must pay the price. No one can argue that such Scud missile attacks are not crimes of war.”

     Davutoglu told all allegations on the use of chemical weapons in Syria must be investigated and such allegations should not be covered up. We have to remember that the UN delegation assigned with the task of investigating such allegations has still not received permission (from the Syrian regime) to enter the country.

       “It is crucial to establish a humanitarian aid corridor in Syria. The number of Syrians who fled the incidents in Syria and arrived in Turkey is close to 200,000. A clear stance must be displayed to extend assistance to those Syrians trying to stay alive under bombardment,” Davutoglu said.

       Davutoglu infomed, the Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Friends of Syria in Istanbul on the weekend will focus on ending the tyranny in Syria.

      “Syrian regime continues to receive arms. The world has now closed their eyes to the massacre of Syrians. A clear and definite message must be sent to the Syrian administration,” Davutoglu said.

      On his recent meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Istanbul, Ahmet Davutoglu stressed that there was a difference of opinion between Turkey and Russia on Syria.

      “The two sides are not hiding the difference of opinion. We held very detailed talks with Mr. Lavrov. Countries do not have to agree with each other 100 percent,” Davutoglu said. “What is important is to keep the channels of dialogue open on issues where there is no agreement.” (T/P09/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).

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