Expert: Turkey has not yet specified its position on Syrian crisis
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 28/Trend, A. Tagiyeva
Turkey, which actively expressed its opinion on problems in a number of Arab countries, has not yet specified it position on the Syrian crisis, said Mahir Kainak, a former Turkish intelligence analyst.
"Ankara has not yet specified its priorities on the Syrian issue," Kainak told Trend by telephone from Istanbul
On Thursday, Turkey will send its envoy to Syria to hold negotiations with President Bashar Asad, Turkish Prime Minister Rejjep Tayip Erdogan reported earlier.
"What happens in Syria now troubles us," the Turkish PM stated. He continued to say that he had expressed his concern over the situation in the country in a telephone conversation with Asad.
The unrest in Syria over the past 2 months has begun in the middle of March after a group of schoolchildren writing anti-government slogans on walls in town of Deraa bordering Jordan was arrested. The people then rushed to the streets demanding for their release.
The unrest then spread to other regions, such as the cities of Latakia, Baniyas, Homs, and Hama, and the suburbs of Damascus. At least 400 people have been killed since the start of the clashes.
Opposition protests in Syria continue despite a government-declared wide-scale program of reforms. Particularly, the emergency law is now abolished in the country, President Asad reported on Thursday. Abolishment of the emergency law that had been in effect since 1963 was the key demand of the opposition.
Kainak stressed that Turkey will not interfere actively with Syria's internal affairs even if the Syrian crisis goes on.
"Turkey can receive political refugees from Syria and give them assistance: that is all Ankara can do in this issue," he stressed.