Turkish PM Davutoglu says Syria needs Assad’s departure

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Syria needs Assad’s departure, not transition period with regime leader

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu gives speech during a meeting on Oct. 21

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday that Syria needs the departure of the Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad  instead of a transition period with him at the head.

"There must be a transition in Syria which guarantees democracy and peace," Davutoglu said, adding that Turkey would only support a transition process accepted by the Syrian people.

Commenting on Assad’s visit to Russia on Tuesday, Davutoglu said that  "Russia has already openly proved its support with its intervention."

"If only [Assad] would stay longer in Moscow so the Syrian people can be at ease, or if only he could stay there permanently and a real transition period could begin," Davutoglu added.  

Assad flew to Moscow on Tuesday evening to personally thank President Vladimir Putin for his military support after Russia launched air strikes three weeks ago.

This was Assad's first visit abroad since the outbreak of the crisis in Syria in 2011.

Davutoglu also noted that for Turkey, the Syrian regime had no legitimacy left and the stance of the Turkish government has not changed regarding the issue.

TheTurkish prime minister also reiterated the necessity of a safe zone in Syria until a legitimate government is founded.

Davutoglu reminded that Turkey hosted a record number of over 2 million Syrian refugees in the country and said that "unless these people are willing to return to their countries believing in peace provided there, we cannot talk about a real transition."

Measures against terror

Responding to the accusations against the government about the security gap in relation to the Ankara bombing, Davutoglu said that "is it believable that a government remains still while being informed about a terror attack?"

He said that "speaking as the prime minister, I assure you that no government official would abstain from taking all the security measures against terror organisations."

Davutoglu informed that in the constant efforts against terror organisations, 768 suspects were detained during anti-terror operations since July 23.

"The investigation into the Ankara suicide bombings still continues with deeper attention," he added.

Davutoglu also reiterated that "the terror attack in Ankara targeted the unity of Turkey, not just a political party."

On Oct. 10, twin suicide bombings targeted a march in Ankara that was organised by leftist labor unions, killing 102 people and injuring 500 others

The Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office issued a written statement on Monday saying that one suspect in the twin bombings was identified as Yunus Emre Alagoz, the brother of the Suruc suicide bomber.

The second bomber was identified through some photographs; however, investigations are still ongoing to confirm his identity.

In the meantime, a court ordered the arrest of four out of 20 suspects on Monday, who were detained in relation to the terror attack.

TRTWorld and agencies