Turkish President Abdullah Gul addressed the delegates during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reported.
Speaking of Syria, Gul said "No issue facing us is more pressing than the situation in Syria".
About US-Russian agreement on Syria, Gul said, "Turkey welcomes and firmly supports the US-Russian agreement to eliminate Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons."
"We cannot forget that chemical weapons were used against Syrian civilians only a month ago," Gul highlighted.
Gul urged, "The perpetrators of this crime against humanity must be held accountable and be brought to justice."
Seeing this agreement on Syrian chemical weapons as an opportunity, Gul said "I hope it will be a first step in the formation of a security architecture to ensure the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East."
Criticizing international community, Gul said "Were it not for the use of chemical weapons, would the international community have continued to turn a blind eye to the deaths of more than a hundred thousand people?"
"For how long can we afford to evade our moral responsibility to the people being killed even as we speak?" Gul said.
Gul underlined that "The agreement to destroy Syria's chemical arsenal must not allow the regime to avoid responsibility for its other crimes."
"It is a disgrace that the United Nations Security Council has failed to uphold its primary responsibility in this case," Gul said.
"The Syrian people's cries for help went unheeded," Gul said.
Gul said "What could match the Syrian people's disappointment as they suffered the worst massacre of the twenty-first century as the international community simply looked on?"
"We must devise and enforce a political strategy led by P5 and the neighboring countries," Gul said.
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