Erdogan hammers international failure to end Syrian conflict

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly criticises inaction of international organisations and major powers over Syrian conflict

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

The President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen after having a phone conversation with US President Barack Obama at the Turkish Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey on November 09, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticised world powers and international organisations for their failure to act towards ending the Syrian crisis.

Speaking at a meeting by Turkey's Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK), Erdogan questioned the "legitimacy" of international organisations on their inability to prevent the plight in Syria.

"The conscience of humanity cannot ignore a structure which does not take action as 370 thousand people are slaughtered in a vicious and bloodthirsty way [in Syria]. The international establishments that do not prioritise humanity and human life may have legal status, but they can never overcome their legitimacy issues."

Erdogan further said that international organisations were responsible for the death of innocent people, while they had the power to prevent that from happening.

The Turkish president also commented on the recent refugee crisis.

“We are constantly face to face with the crisis and are having trouble with it every day. While many countries follow the crisis over media, many foreign leaders attempt to find a solution, however only on paper.”

"Anyone who adds fuel to the Syrian fire will find themselves in the very same fire."

Syria’s devastating civil war, now in its fifth year, has claimed more than 250,000 lives, according to UN figures, and made the country the world's single-largest source of refugees with a displaced population.

About 13.5 million people in Syria are now in need of humanitarian assistance and some sort of protection, according to the UN.