Turkish PM urges UN to take action after Syria photos
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to take decisive steps regarding the Syrian crisis, following the release of several thousand photos documenting war crimes committed by Syria's Assad regime, Anadolu Agency reported.
Speaking at a joint press conference with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Erdogan stressed that Turkey was extremely disturbed by the Syria photos.
The photos, which document war atrocities, were published on Monday by leading news agencies, including the Anadolu Agency, alongside a report by forensic experts.
The 55,000 photographs purportedly revealed evidence of systematic torture by the Syrian regime. They were taken by a former Assad official over a two year period.
Erdogan added: "They show how serious the savageness, massacre, and genocide (in Syria is). I wish to reiterate from Brussels that mankind must take immediate action and the necessary steps in the face of the developments in Syria."
Erdogan also noted that any inaction would amount to a failure of responsibility by the international community.
The Geneva II conference, scheduled to convene on Wednesday, aims to end the ongoing and escalating violence in Syria.
More than 100,000 people have been killed in the three-year conflict in Syria, while more than eight million Syrians have become refugees in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, according to the UN.