Turkish PM to visit Reyhanli hit by car bombs

Erdogan will visit Reyhanli in the end of May where two car bombs exploded, killing 51; as Turkey says perpetrators of Reyhanli blast were identified, arrested and they were linked to Syrian regime

Turkish PM to visit Reyhanli hit by car bombs

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Reyhanli town of southern province of Hatay where two car bombings killed 51 people on May 11.           

Speaker of Justice and Development (AK) Party Huseyin Celik said on Twitter, "Our Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Reyhanli on May 30. He will visit the families of the victims of the attacks. Erdogan will examine the town and visit the injured people."      

The twin car bombings in Reyhanli town killed at least 51 people and wounded many others. The attacks were the deadliest spill over in Turkey from violence in Syria since the uprising began in March 2011.

"Perpetrators of Reyhanli blast linked to Syrian regime"

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that perpetrators of Reyhanli blast were identified, arrested by Turkey and they were linked to Syrian regime.      

Nobody should go into effort of covering the real actors and murderers, Davutoglu said in a press conference prior to his departure for Jordan to attend "Friends of Syria" meeting in Amman.      

With regards to succession of Syrian transition government, Davutoglu said the key criteria was to initiate a process with a belief of "peace is now coming to our country" by Syrians who were staying in Turkey, in other words who left their homes and sought shelter in Turkey and other countries.      

Regarding who will join second Geneva conference from Syrian regime, Davutoglu said, "many names especially some speculative ones have been shared with public. Our criteria is obvious for the persuasiveness of process. Those who have not had blood in their hands during past two years should be in negotiation process. Otherwise, we would equate victim with criminal."      

In response to a question whether Syrian opposition will attend the meeting in Amman, Davutoglu said that "this is out of the case. They can always attend the meeting and will attend the meeting. There is no effort not to invite them for this meeting."      

"We support legitimate opposition in Syria, Syrian people and shelter-seekers, and we support the ones who were not involved in tyranny in Syrian government to join negotiation process," said Davutoglu.      

"I informed the foreign ministers of countries in the region on the phone yesterday. During the meeting in Amman, we will asses on what phase we are," Davutoglu noted.      

Indicating that after Amman meeting Syrian opposition would come together in Istanbul, Davutoglu said the decision to be taken in Amman would contain strong messages for reconstructing Syrian National Coalition and representing Syrian people.  

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Mayıs 2013, 09:46