With unconfirmed reports that 34 more civilians have been killed in Syria, Turkey has added its voice to international condemnation of the Syrian government’s actions.
It comes as India, Brazil and South Africa launch a mission to Damascus in a bid to halt the crackdown on anti-regime protesters.
Ankara’s foreign minister has just returned from talks with the Syrian leadership in which he called on President Bashar al-Assad, a long term ally, to stop the bloodshed.
Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davitoglu said:
“ We had the opportunity to share very clearly and in a transparent way with Mr.Assad the steps that can be taken to avoid the army coming face-to-face with the people, and to avoid further tension such has happened in Hama.”
More funerals have taken place of protesters in Deir al-Zor, the latest town to be targeted by Syrian forces. More than 1600 people are reported to have been killed in the country in the five-month uprising against Assad’s rule.