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Turkey calls for reforms in Syria

Turkey Materials 2 July 2011 22:24
Turkey on Saturday urged Syria to introduce more reforms and allow peaceful protests, one day after activists said around 15 people were killed in anti-regime protests, dpa reported.
Turkey calls for reforms in Syria

Turkey on Saturday urged Syria to introduce more reforms and allow peaceful protests, one day after activists said around 15 people were killed in anti-regime protests, dpa reported.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said during a visit to Cairo that the Syrian people's demands should be respected and that no violence should be used against them.

He was speaking after talks with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed al-Orabi. Davutoglu said his country was supporting "peaceful transformations" in the region.

More than 1,300 civilians have been killed in security crackdowns since pro-democracy protests started in Syria in mid-March, according to human rights groups.

Davutoglu was in Egypt to prepare for a visit due on July 21 by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan. Davutoglu's visit was part of a regional tour also taking him to Libya, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

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