Thursday, June 16, 2011

Turkey calls for immediate end to Syrian crackdown, EU mulls toughening sanctions

Turkey calls for immediate end to Syrian ‘savage’ crackdown as EU mulls toughening sanctions on Assad regime

"Turkey called for Syria to immediately halt a violent crackdown on protesters and pass democratic reforms, in a meeting on Thursday between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and a top Syrian envoy as the European Union began work to toughen sanctions against Syria.

The crackdown, which Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has condemned as “savagery,” has tested relations between the two countries, and Turkey has given sanctuary to some 8,900 Syrian refugees who have streamed across the border"

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