World Bulletin/News Desk
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has addressed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from Ankara after a massacre of civilians by Syrian regime forces in Banias, saying “you will definitely pay the price for this.”
“You will pay the price very heavily for your show of strength on little babies, which you did not show to others. The moans of these children that reach the skies will bring divine revenge onto you,” Erdoğan said in the closing speech of a Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) consultation meeting on Sunday.
“We also have the responsibility of…Damascus, Hama, Aleppo and Homs on our shoulders and not just of Iğdır, Hakkari, Van, Sinop, Diyarbakır or İstanbul,” Erdoğan noted, addressing AKP members.
“We have a responsibility to those victims who were brutally killed in Syria, most of them children and women,” Erdoğan said.
Syrian regime troops have been responsible for bloody massacres in several Sunni villages in the town of Banias in Tartus starting from Thursday.
The troops which are supported by the Shabiha militias -- armed fighters loyal to Assad -- continued their attack on Friday and Saturday, in which hundreds of civilians were killed.
Banias is a Sunni settlement amidst a region populated by Alawites in Syria. The Sunni al-Beyda village, where regime brutalities have been concentrated this week, is known as one of the first areas where Shabiha militias attacked civilians when the insurgency first started in Syria.
Stating that no country could stand behind such atrocities, Erdoğan also criticized the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for their attitude towards the Assad regime in Syria.
“How will the CHP, which took photographs together with this murderer [Assad] in Damascus, explain the massacre in Banias? This is what you are. These are your companions,” Erdoğan said, addressing the CHP.
“These developments, which reveal that the Syrian regime has started an ethnic cleansing operation, constitute a crime against humanity. … The Syrian regime, by the policies it pursues, poses a serious threat to the stability and security of the region,” an official statement from the Foreign Ministry on Sunday read.
The statement, which “strongly condemns such savagery [in Syria],” also touched on strong indications that the Syrian regime is using chemical weapons against its people and criticized the fact that the regime has not yet issued the necessary permissions for the UN fact-finding missions to conduct investigations into the claims of chemical weapons in Syria.
“We find it deeply regrettable that some parties outside Syria become complicit in the crimes that are being committed by giving every kind of support to the regime. We call on these parties to abandon such attitudes,” the statement also added, without further elaborating.Last Mod: 07 Mayıs 2013, 10:54