Syria's handover of weapons should not be a tactic: Gul

Turkish President Abdullah Gul stressed the importance of the Syrian regime's completely handing over its arsenal

Syria's handover of weapons should not be a tactic: Gul

World Bulletin/News Desk

As the Syrian regime has agreed to abide by a Russian plan for the surrender of its chemical weapons, Turkish President Abdullah Gul stressed the importance of the Syrian regime's completely handing over its arsenal.

"It is an important development that chemical weapons in Syria be disposed completely. We would be pleased with this. The handover of weapons should not be a tactic, but an overall disposal," Abdullah Gul told reporters in Istanbul.

The Syrian regime admitted for the first time on Tuesday that it has chemical weapons and agreed to a Russian plan to give up its arsenal.

"We are ready to disclose the location of chemical weapons, stop manufacturing chemical weapons, and also show the locations to representatives from Russia and other countries and the UN," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said. 

Referring to a political solution to the Syrian crisis, the Turkish president said, "A real political exit strategy is needed to end the civil war in Syria. It is really worriying that no exit strategy has been presented yet."

Speaking after the opening of the International Forum on Financial Systems being held in Istanbul with the sponsorship of Anadolu Agency, Gul also touched on Ahmet Atakan, a 22 year- old protester, who passed away after he fell down from a building in the Turkish southern city of Hatay, and said, "The loss of a life is not a joke. It is very heartbreaking. The most precise investigation will be held into the event and results will be announced publicly."

Atakan's death came as an unauthorized demonstration was held in Hatay on Monday to protest the building of a joint mosque and cemevi [Alawite place for worship] in the Tuzlucayir district of Ankara and of the deaths during the Gezi Park demonstrations. 

Witnesses and activists had claimed that Atakan had allegedly been hit in the head by a gas canister used by the police.

But a private television channel broadcasted video footage of the moment when Atakan fell off the building.

Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2013, 15:32
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