US Secretary of State John Kerry called Davutoğlu on Saturday to brief him on the US-Russian agreement on Syria's chemical weapons.
After days of intense negotiations, the US and Russia reached the agreement on a framework to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014 and impose UN penalties if the Assad government fails to comply.
The deal, announced by Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, includes what Kerry called "a shared assessment" of the weapons stockpile, and a timetable and measures for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to follow so that the full inventory can be identified and seized.
The US and Russia agreed to immediately press for a UN Security Council resolution that enshrines the chemical weapons agreement under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which can authorize both the use of force and nonmilitary measures.
Davutoğlu explained Turkey's position on the appropriate response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria as well as Ankara's demands for solving the crisis that has now left more than 100,000 people dead.
The Turkish foreign minister told Kerry that the US-Russian deal does not address the need to find a solution to end the bloodshed in Syria and that action is needed to deter the Assad regime from using conventional weapons to kill. He warned of an increase in violence if the allies fail to do this.
Davutoğlu also talked to his Saudi counterpart, Saud al Faisal, on Saturday, with both ministers sharing the same concerns.
Earlier on Saturday, the Turkish foreign minister warned against the tactic by Assad to gain time after the United States said it was considering punishing the regime for its use of chemical weapons near Damascus on Aug. 21.
Davutoğlu told reporters in a joint news conference with his Canadian counterpart, John Baird, in Ankara on Saturday that Turkey would support any initiative that would see the eradication of chemical weapons from Syria but said nations should be aware of the regime's tactic to gain time.
He said the more the international community remains indifferent to the violence perpetrated by the Syrian regime, the more “children are left orphaned and women become widowed as we are holding this press conference.” Davutoğlu said it is Syrians and their neighbors like Turkey who pay the most due to the inertia in the world with respect to the Syrian bloodshed. He said the inaction of the United Nations is the most important cause of the increasing violence in the war-torn country.
Davutoğlu also slammed the domestic opposition for describing the government's policy on Syria as “warmongering,” noting that Ankara is calling to end a war in Syria, not to start a new one by asking for international intervention in the country. He said Syria is not a “rose garden” now, such as that demanding an action to stop violence there would constitute warmongering. He said at a time of unceasing bloodshed in Syria, anti-intervention calls act as a cover for the crimes of Assad.
Baird called Syria's offer to begin providing information on its chemical arsenal 30 days after it signs an international convention banning such weapons "ridiculous and absurd."
Baird said Assad could not be given extra time, adding that "This is a man, who up until a week ago denied that they had any such weapons."
The comments come as Kerry and Lavrov were in Geneva negotiating the Russian proposal to inventory, isolate and eventually destroy Syria's chemical weapons stocks.
Kerry has rejected Syria's suggestion that it should turn over information rather than weapons.
Davutoğlu said Turkey welcomed the diplomatic initiative to remove Syria's chemical weapons, but it was still incumbent on the international community to bring to justice the Syrian officials "responsible for crimes against humanity."