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09:14, 20 February 2017 Monday
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Turkey registers Syria's border violations in UN and NATO
Turkey registers Syria's border violations in UN and NATO

Turkey asked the United Nations (UN) and NATO to register Syria's border violations, believed a change in Syria was just a matter of time, deputy PM said

Turkey's deputy prime minister said late on Friday that Turkey asked the United Nations (UN) and NATO to register Syria's border violations.      

Ali Babacan said Turkey would take into consideration the options in line with upcoming developments, but expressed hope that Annan plan and UN resolutions would bear result in Syria.      

"We hope and aim that peace, order and stability would be ensured in Syria soon," Babacan told a press conference in Washington.      

Babacan said Turkey hoped that massacre and use of force would end in Syria, and Syria's problems should be solved with its own domestic dynamics.      

Ali Babacan said today, many countries indexed their Syria policy on Turkey's discourses, and many countries were taking into consideration what Turkey was saying when shaping up their Syria policy.      

Babacan said Turkey was supporting Annan plan but some deadlines should be put to implementation of provisions of Annan plan.      

Annan's six-point peace plan includes demands for a ceasefire, the immediate withdrawal of heavy armour from residential areas and access for humanitarian aid.  

"Change in Syria just a matter of time"

Babacan said Turkey believed a change in Syria was just a matter of time, Bashar al-Assad regime was no more legitimate in Syria.      

"I believe that domestic dynamics in Syria will make a change in case massacre ends," Babacan said, adding Turkey could share its experiences with Middle Eastern and North African countries that were in a transformation process if it was asked to do so.      

The minister said the co-existence of Islam, democracy and modernism in Turkey changed the region's mentality.      

Also, Babacan said the political changes in Egypt must be supported by economy, and expressed concern over terrorist attacks in the south of Yemen and clashes between Shiite and Sunni groups in the north of the country.      

Babacan said Tunisian economy should be restructured and new employment should be created, and noted that Turkey was working on joint projects with the Tunisian government.      

Ali Babacan said Turkey supported a two-state solution in the Middle East peace process, and Israel's uncompromising stance on settlements was the main obstacle before a solution.      

Babacan also said a progress should not be expected in talks unless Israel made serious commitments to respect to parameters, particularly the 1967 borders.        

Moreover, Babacan said the Istanbul meeting of Iran and P5+1 (China, Russia, the United States, Britain, France + Germany) countries led to a decrease in global oil prices by 6-7 USD.      

Iran and P5+1 met in Istanbul on April 14. The next meeting is set to take place in Baghdad on May 23.

Ceasefire not effective, clashes continue

 Syrians staying in Turkey said on Saturday the ceasefire was not effective and clashes continued in their country.      

The number of Syrians who fled from massacre in their country and took shelter in a tent-site in Islahiye town of the southeastern province of Gaziantep rose to 5,832.      

Ridwan Hayani said he came from Aleppo, and noted that the ceasefire had not been effective.      

"Tank, anti-aircraft and bomb attacks continue. They entered a town of 25,000 population with 60 tanks, and they ruined the town," Hayani said.      

Ridwan Hayan's brother Muhammed Hayani said doctors and nurses were killed in Syria to prevent them from treating the injured people.      

Meanwhile, four representatives of the United Nations (UN) visited the Islahiye tent-site on Friday.      


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Press agenda on February 19
Press agenda on February 19

Here are the main topics World Bulletin’s English Desk plans to cover Sunday Feb. 19, 2017 (coverage may change depending on developing/breaking stories): BAGHDAD Iraqi forces launch an offensive on jihadists defending Mosul's west bank, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the city. 700 words 0530 GMT by Ammar Karim and Jean-Marc Mojon US-militant-Egypt-prison,2ndlead WASHINGTON The sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian-born cleric linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, dies at 78 in a US prison facility after a long battle with diabetes and coronary artery disease. 650 words moved by Maggy Donaldson. File Picture Ukraine-Russia-conflict,WRAP MOSCOW A truce between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine will come into force Monday, Moscow and Kiev say, though some separatists are already labelling it unfeasible. 500 words moved by Anais Llobet Entertainment-film-festival-Germany,WRAP BERLIN Hungary's "On Body and Soul", a love story set in a slaughterhouse, wins the Golden Bear top prize at the Berlin film festival, Europe's first major cinema showcase of the year. 700 words moved by Deborah Cole. Picture. Video Also moved: Entertainment-film-festival-Germany-prizes,FACTS Entertainment-film-festival-Germany,POINTS Entertainment-film-festival-Germany-winners,CHRONO -- ASIA -- NKorea-Malaysia-diplomacy-community,SCENE KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's only North Korean restaurant promises a glimpse into life in the reclusive state but it has been shuttered since news broke of the assassination of leader Kim Jong-Un's brother, with security guards turning customers away. 650 words 0600 GMT by Elizabeth Law. Picture. Video -- AMERICAS -- US-politics-Trump-Melania,lead MELBOURNE, Florida First Lady Melania Trump, usually a demure and soft-spoken presence at her husband's side, breaks with form, reciting the Lord's Prayer before issuing a scathing rebuke of his enemies and her critics at a campaign-style stop in Florida. 600 words moved by Michael Mathes with Stephanie Griffith in Washington. Picture. Video. US-media-politics-technology WASHINGTON As President Donald Trump warns of a crackdown on US government leaks to media, interest is growing in technology tools that allow sources to share information anonymously. 750 words moved by Rob Lever Venezuela-politics-opposition-US CARACAS Venezuela and the United States lock horns again over political prisoners held by Caracas, including over the detention of a jailed opposition leader whose supporters took to the streets of the capital to demand his release.