World Bulletin / News Desk
Foreign powers should not intervene in the conflict in Syria if peace is to be made in the country, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Friday.
Kurtulmus made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency's Editors' Desk at its headquarters in Ankara.
"The more that other countries get involved in the region, the more likely that Syria becomes a witch's cauldron," said Kurtulmus.
Kurtulmus added Syria is far away from a political solution, adding: "That is why ending civil war in Syria via democracy and mutual consent, is wonderfully important for both the region's safety, for the Syrian people and for world peace."
"I hope that this process will start soon. Foreign powers should avoid intervening there as much as possible for the process to continue successfully," said Kurtulmus.
He also called on Russia to end its intervention in Syria, and to cease violating the Turkish-Syrian border.
Russian warplanes began striking Syrian opposition targets inside Syria on Sept. 30.
Moscow insists it is targeting only ISIL and other affiliated groups, but Western countries and their Gulf allies believe moderate opponents of [Syrian President Bashar] Assad – along with civilians – are bearing the brunt of the Russian airstrikes.
Kurtulmus recalled the good relations existing between Turkey and Russia, and said: "The relations between Russia and Turkey should not be upset by events in Syria."
The minister reiterated that Turkey has a border of 911 kilometers with Syria, and said: "Turkey is the country that paid the heaviest price with respect to the refugee issue."
He said Turkey can manage a new wave of refugees, but added: "A safe zone would be the most reliable way to prevent a new wave."
The establishment of a safe zone for refugees in northern Syria has long been a goal of the Turkish government, which is currently hosting 2.2 million refugees, mostly from Syria.
Kurtulmus also called on the world to support Turkey on the refugee issue.Last Mod: 09 Ekim 2015, 13:42