Syria’s fate depends on Turkey

Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 15 / Trend , A.Tagiyeva /

Recent developments in Syria show that foreign intervention in the Syrian crisis is inevitable, but in this matter, much depends on Turkey's decision, Turkish expert on Middle East politics Mustafa Ozcan said.

"Turkey will have an input on the issue of intervention in Syria because currently there is no country that would dare to interfere in the crisis," Mr. Ozcan told Trend over telephone from Ankara.

He said the Arab countries are in favour of intervention, but they do not want to take responsibility and are attempting to resolve the conflict through Turkey.

"The West in turn is leaving the solution to the Arab countries that in turn are waiting for a decision from Ankara," Mr.Ozcan said.

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday tried to break into the Turkish Embassy in Damascus and the consulates to denounce an Arab League decision to suspend Syria's membership over its crackdown on the eight-month uprising.

On Monday Turkey said it will take a 'decisive attitude' over attacks on its diplomatic missions in Syria and will continue to support protesters seeking democratic reforms in the face of a government crackdown. "We will take a decisive attitude in the face of these attacks," Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Mr. Ozcan said unlike the Libyan crisis where the West showed great determination on militarily intervention, in the case of Syria, Europe is not interested in intervention due to lack of self-interest.

"The Transitional National Council of Syria is still not recognised by the United States and other Western countries. This is evidence of a lack of interest in dealing with the crisis," he added.

He said Turkey will make a decision that will determine the future of the Syrian revolution when the country will evaluate the 'pros' and cons' and great opportunities in the region will be opened up for Turkey in case of the intervention into Syria.

The Syrian National Council will soon open a representative office in Turkey, National Council spokesman Louay Safi said following a meeting with Minister Davutoglu,

Syria has been experiencing continuous anti-government protests for almost eight months. According to UN statistics, the number of clash victims exceeded 3500, whilst the Syrian authorities say more than 1500 people died on both sides.

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