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Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said dialogue between the opposition and the Syrian regime is welcome as long as it is aimed at political transition in line with the “legitimate demands” of the Syrian people.
Davutoğlu's remarks, made late on Thursday during a press conference in Ankara, are significant given Turkey's previous calls for the outright removal of the Bashar al-Assad regime. Ankara has been skeptical over calls for dialogue between the regime and the opposition in the past, saying that such initiatives benefit the regime.
The foreign minister said dialogue between those elements of the regime that “do not have blood on their hands” and the opposition is “always possible” but insisted that such dialogue should not result in giving legitimacy to the regime or ensure its survival.
“We have never opposed such dialogue,” he said during a news conference with Burkinabe Foreign Minister Djibril Yipene Bassole.
“What is essential is the establishment of a transitional government that will represent the will of the Syrian people, and that anyone with blood on their hands is not part of such a government,” he said.
Davutoğlu's remarks came after Russia and the US agreed to arrange an international conference to end Syria's deadly civil war this month, in which both the regime and the opposition will take part.
The agreement was announced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry after talks in Moscow that also involved President Vladimir Putin earlier this week.\Last Mod: 11 Mayıs 2013, 11:03