World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that President Bashar al-Assad had created a "terrorist state" in Syria and voiced further frustration at the lack of international consensus over the chaos there.
"The massacres in Syria that gain strength from the international community's indifference are continuing to increase," Erdogan told a meeting of his ruling AK Party. "The regime in Syria has now become a terrorist state."
Ankara initially cultivated good relations with Assad's administration, but Erdogan has become one of Assad's harshest critics since the uprising against him began 17 months ago.
Turkey, struggling to cope with an influx of around 80,000 Syrian refugees, has repeatedly pushed for a foreign-protected safe zone inside Syria, but the proposal has gained little international support.
Turkey has accused Assad of supplying arms to PKK militants who have fought government troops in southeast Turkey for almost three decades, and has raised the possibility of military intervention in Syria if the PKK becomes a threat there. Assad has denied that Syria allowed PKK militants to operate on Syrian territory close to the Turkish frontier.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
G20 2015 under Turkish presidency will include unofficial engagement fora for youth groups, labor unions and business figures.
Turkey will not take any steps which would 'hurt the memories of martyrs,' president says.
New survey of hundreds of people in Turkey's southeast reveal a desire for peace along with language rights and recognition of Kurdish identity.
Deputy Prime Minister Arinc and his delegation attend review to present Turkey's human rights policy and practices.
Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek will attend the first official holocaust ceremony in Ankara.
Basho said it will be months before it is safe to enter the town because buildings must be cleared of bombs.
New members have been admitted to the Peace and Moderation Permanent Contact group with a new initiative set up working on world development and sectarian clashes.
- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greece's new Premier Alexis Tsipras made the headlines of Turkish dailies on Tuesday along with reports that Kurds in Turkey and Syria celebrated a reported victory against ISIL in Kobani.
Turkey renewed efforts to access European Union through opening the energy chapter for negotiations, but the chapter remains blocked by Greek Cypriot administration.
Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani thanked Turkey for allowing peshmerga forces to enter Kobani via Turkey to fight ISIL.
Cemil Cicek says Turkey is showing intense efforts to fix deficiencies.
The Netherland’s outgoing commander said Dutch patriot anti-ballistic missiles protected Adana around the clock for past 24 months.
Gunfire was heard at around noon Monday near Syria's Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkish authorities closing the Cilvegozu border for exit and entry due to security concerns until Tuesday
Birgul Ayman Guler submitted resignation letter to parliament's presidency.
The missiles have been deployed at General Recai Engin barracks as part of Turkey's request for NATO assistance.
During an official visit to Turkey, Hungarian FM Szijjarto discussed energy, trade and EU membership with Turkish counterpart.