Turkish Speaker: Syrian Turkmens always were under oppression of regime
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 15 / Trend R.Hafizoglu /
The Turkmens, living in Syria, have always been under the oppression of Syrian regime, TRT Turk Turkish TV channel quoted the Speaker of Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Cicek as saying on Saturday.
He said, the Syrian regime did not grant any rights to Turkmens.
"After the collapse of Assad regime Syrian Turkmens will actively participate in the political life of the country," Cicek said.
About 1.5 million Turkmens currently live in Syria.
Anti-government protests have continued in Syria for a year and half.
According to UN, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria is nearing 30,000.
More than 230,000 have become refugees with around three million in need of humanitarian assistance. The Syrian authorities say they oppose the well-armed militants