A Turkish broadcaster said on Tuesday Turkey would set up a buffer zone on its border with Syria, but a Turkish government official said he had no such information.
CNN Turk broadcast the news in a rolling headline. It gave no source and did not say what form the buffer zone, presumably involving encroachment on Syrian territory, would take.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday military operations against civilians must end immediately and unconditionally, warning the Syrian president that this was Ankara's "final word". Turkish leaders, who once backed Assad, are sounding increasingly frustrated at Damascus.
With Assad defying international pressure and Syrian refugees crossing over the border, media have reported that Turkish political and military leaders are considering setting up a buffer zone inside Syria.
Turkey was caught off guard when 500,000 people flooded across the border from Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, many of them staying for some time after the war. The years that followed saw small contingents of Turkish troops policing what was an effective 'buffer zone' in the north of Iraq.
ReutersLast Mod: 16 Ağustos 2011, 17:03