Concrete steps should be taken on Syria, Turkish president urges

Concrete steps should be taken on Syria, Turkish president urges

Turkish President Abdullah Gül (Photo: DHA)

August 23, 2013, Friday/ 15:15:00

Commenting on claims that the Syrian regime had used chemical gas in a recent attack that killed more than 1,000 and injured many more in Damascus, Turkish President Abdullah Gül has urged the UN to take more concrete steps in dealing with the claim.

Responding to questions by reporters on Friday, Gül said killing over a thousand people with chemical weapons is a crime against humanity and that the perpetrators of this attack will eventually face international law for their actions. “The UN's investigation teams should immediately investigate the site of the killings and share their findings with the world. There are no words left; it is now time to take a concrete step,” he added.

Gül stressed that it would cost the United Nation Security Council greatly if it avoids investigating the massacre in Syria.

In addition, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stated on Thursday that all the red lines in war-torn Syria had been crossed, urging UN investigation teams to launch a quick inquiry into claims that the Syrian regime had used chemical gas.

“All the red lines have been crossed but the United Nations Security Council has still not been able to take a decision. This is the responsibility of those sides who set these red lines and for all of us,” said Davutoğlu.

The alleged chemical attack came at a time when a UN chemical inspection team is in Damascus to look for evidence of any use of chemical weapons there by the Syrian regime during the civil war.

Keywords: syria , chemical , un , gül , turkey