Davutoğlu to attend G8 talks on Syria via video conference

April 11, 2012, Wednesday/ 17:13:00/ TODAYSZAMAN.COM

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will have a video conference with foreign ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) major economies on Wednesday evening to discuss the most recent developments in the escalating 13-month-old Syrian crisis.

Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency quoted ministry sources as saying Davutoğlu, who cut short a trip to China and returned to Turkey early on Wednesday, will attend the G8 meeting in Washington later on Wednesday via video conference.

The foreign minister also had a “coordination meeting” at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, which was attended by “representatives of relevant institutions.” The report did not specify which institutions sent representative to the meeting.

Turkey has recently stepped up diplomatic efforts to solve the Syrian crisis as a truce deadline in Syria is set to expire on Thursday. The Syrian National Council (SNC) said on Wednesday that it doubted Assad would respect the 0300 GMT Thursday cease-fire deadline and called for a new United Nations push to isolate him, something that would require the backing of reluctant Russia and China.    

Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution on Syria that would protect the Syrian people, saying Damascus had failed to honour an undertaking to withdraw troops from urban areas under an international peace plan, and had increased the violence. 

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