Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Erdogan: "There are more steps to be taken in Syria ... "

(Reuters) - "... U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Erdogan on Monday about the crises in Syria... Erdogan voiced concern on Tuesday over Syria's violent crackdown on demonstrators and said he was sending an envoy to meet President Bashar al-Assad and encourage him to move toward democracy. He said Assad's decision last Thursday to lift 48-year-old emergency laws was a good start, but he needed to do more..... 
"There are more steps to be taken in Syria," Erdogan told a joint news conference with the visiting premier of Kyrgyzstan"We absolutely do not expect or want an undemocratic implementation and certainly not an authoritarian, totalitarian, patronizing structure. Our desire is that ... a rapid democratization process takes place. "Our representatives will present to him (Assad) some of our preparations." He said the envoy might go to Damascus as soon as Thursday..."

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