Turkey's Erdoğan: Regime change in Syria inevitable

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke to reporters in a televised program aired in the state-run TRT-HABER channel on Friday evening. (Photo: AA, Kayhan Özer)

December 28, 2012, Friday/ 20:04:00

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said regime change in Syria is inevitable as recent developments on ground and in international arena indicate an irreversible pattern with regards to the ongoing 21-month old Syrian uprising.

He said over 100 countries have recognized the new opposition coalition, called the “National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces,”, which is expected to establish a transitional government in post-Assad Syria.

Speaking to a group of reporters in a televised program aired in the state-run TRT-HABER channel, Erdoğan touched upon a wide array of issues in both external and internal affairs.

To the longstanding Syrian crisis, he argued that it is not possible for a reverse in the course of events and developments currently taking place in the conflict.

He stated that the main task for the new coalition is to set conditions for a new government in a bid to avert a political chaos in the transitional period when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is gone.

In line with its open-door policy, Turkey will continue to accept refugees fleeing war-torn Syria, Erdoğan said with regards to the increasing numbers of refugees taking shelter in neighboring countries.

He said nongovernmental organizations, supported by the government, had launched a large aid campaign, "Bread and Blankets," in an effort to assist the refugees on both the Turkish and Syrian sides of the border.

"We are also trying to reach the refugees on the Syrian side of the border," Erdoğan said, noting that winter conditions are starting to set in as most of the refugees are housed in tents, which don't protect well against the elements.

"It is a tent. This is why we've begun to transfer container houses sent to Van [following a devastating earthquake last year] to the region to assist the refugees."