Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, during a meeting in New York with Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, said it should be guaranteed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and those officials who "have blood on their hands" will not be involved in the future of Syria Today`s Zaman reported.
Top Turkish officials are meeting with international figures who have come to attend the 68th meeting of the UN General Assembly, as part of which Davutoglu met with Brahimi late on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria.
During the meeting, Davutoglu stressed the need for an urgent "permanent resolution that meets the expectations of Syrian people."
According to information received from senior Foreign Ministry sources, Davutoglu highlighted the necessity of clarifying the "parameters and goals" of an expected peace conference in Geneva to find a lasting solution to the prolonged war. Davutoglu said neither Assad nor regime officials who have blood on their hands should be included in a transitional period or in the future of the country.
Brahimi briefed the Turkish foreign minster on efforts and preparations for a political solution to the crisis in Syria, including the expected peace conference, dubbed "Geneva 2."
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are expected meet with Brahimi on Friday at the UN to push ahead for the Geneva talks to help form a transitional government in Syria.
During his address to the UN late on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama gave the green light for Iran's participation in the international conference in Geneva. The US had opposed Iran's attendance at the first Geneva conference on Syria in 2012 because of its support for Assad and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which has been fighting alongside Assad's forces against the opposition.
Davutoglu on Tuesday also attended a ministerial meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI), during which he stressed the "importance of turning the Middle East into a WMD free zone."
"Weapons of mass destruction pose a threat to all humanity. Eradicating this threat from the face of the earth is our common responsibility," wrote Davutoglu on his official Twitter account. He added that during the meeting he described "our role not only as the FMs [foreign ministers] of our countries, but also as the interior ministers of our humanity."
As part of diplomacy traffic at the UN meeting in New York, Davutoglu had a meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Saud al-Faisal. The two ministers underlined that the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria will not suffice to stop the bloodshed in Syria, noting that the cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia has taken on more importance during the "delicate process" surrounding resolution of the crisis.
The Turkish foreign minister also had talks with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and discussed Turkey's relations with the 28-nation-bloc. Davutoglu and Ashton agreed on reviving dialogue with the EU and realizing all structural dialog mechanisms.
Besides bilateral talks with international partners, Davutoglu also attended a tripartite consultation mechanism between Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia on Tuesday. During the ministerial meeting, the ministers from the three countries agreed on improving and deepening ties by working together in new areas of cooperation.
The tripartite consultation mechanism between the three countries was established in October 2009 as part of a Turkish initiative in order to assess developments related to the Balkan territories.
President Abdullah Gül's schedule was also busy on Tuesday. The Turkish president met with his French counterpart, François Hollande, to discuss Turkey's EU membership bid and developments in Syria. Hollande said France supported the continuation of Turkey's accession talks for EU membership.
The two presidents stressed that the US-Russian deal for the disposal of Syria's chemical weapons should definitely turn into a UN Security Council resolution that will have "sanction power."
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