The Turks, through Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, have attacked the UN Security Council for its “inaction” over Syria.
Erdogan said the intensifying war was the result of the world superpowers making the same mistakes that led to the Bosnian massacres in the 1990s.
With Turkish heavy armour and troops now rubbing up against Syrian border towns and gunfire occasionally straying across, and Syrian army tanks and artillery emplacements facing them in several places, the possibility of a mistake escalating into an exchange of fire is rising.
If the UN is not working says Erdogan, then it is time to fix it.
“It’s high time to consider a structural change for international institutions, especially the UN Security Council. each day it becomes more and more difficult for international institutions with unjust, unequal and inactive mechanisms, to function and fulfil their duty,” said Erdogan at the Istanbul World Forum.
Airspace along the Turkish-Syrian border is also becoming more dangerous as Syrian aircraft attack rebel positions. There have been several airspace intrusions into Turkey in recent days.