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Turkey would not agree with any member of the Assad regime taking part in ruling Syria in the post-Assad era, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.
During his one-day official visit on Friday to the Jordanian capital of Amman, Davutoglu held a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh, where the two discussed bilateral relations, the situation in Syria and the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Davutoglu and Judeh were reported to have agreed fully on the terms regarding the transitional government presumed to be set up in Syria according to a transition plan agreed in a meeting of world powers in Geneva last year.
In a notable difference from the plan, Turkish and Jordanian foreign ministers agreed that no government official affiliated with the embattled Assad regime should be allowed to take part in a future governing body after the end of the on-going conflict in the country.
"We will not go along with any member of the Assad regime becoming a part of the next era," Davutoglu said. "Because they have blood on their hands."
Judeh said that in the 'Syria equation', the country that could make the most significant contribution to the establishment of a transitional government was Russia.
Both neighbors to Syria and among the most affected by the crisis there, Turkey and Jordan shared a unique position, the ministers allowed, pledging to remain in close contact and cooperation for the war-torn country.
Tests on Syrians show traces of chemical weapons
Tests on Syrian war casualties arriving in Turkey indicate chemical weapons have been used by Syrian forces, and further tests are being carried out to verify the evidence, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also said.
"We have been making tests and we have some indications regarding chemical weapons being used, but in order to make sure and verify we are continuing these tests and will be sharing these tests with UN agencies," he said in Amman.
Turkey confirmed last week that it had begun testing blood samples taken from Syrian casualties brought over its border for treatment to determine whether they were victims of chemical weapons.
Davutoglu said the prospect of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons had long been a real concern for his country and added that it was not a secret Damacus had stockpiles and had never signed international accords banning the use of such weapons.
"We know the Syrian regime has stocks ... And everybody knows the Syrian regime has this capacity," Davutoglu said.
"Of course this has been one of our major concerns because chemical weapons are a threat against humanity and a crime."
Washington has said it views the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a "red line" but wants proof before taking any action in response.Last Mod: 11 Mayıs 2013, 12:26