A senior member of the main Turkish opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has censured the government for its approach towards the current situation in Syria.
Faruk Logoglu, who is also the former Turkish ambassador to the United States, told Press TV on Wednesday that the Syrian “crisis must be resolved through internal dialogue.”
“We are very critical of the way AKP is handling the situation,” he said, referring to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“There should be no outside intervention of any sort and that any intervention must be mandated by a resolution from the United Nations Security Council. In the absence of such a resolution, any intervention would be unlawful.”
Logoglu made the comments days after Erdogan censured the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over its approach to reforms in the Arab country.
“I have not seen him (Assad) approach reforms with a democratic understanding,” Erdogan told reporters in Ankara on June 3.
The Turkish prime minister also stated that President Assad is taking “an autocratic approach” to the issues inside Syria.
Erdogan made the remarks on the same day when Assad said in a televised address to the parliament that Syria is “facing a war from abroad.”
An Istanbul resident told Press TV that he did “not agree with Turkey’s approach” towards the situation in Syria and that Ankara is “acting like that because the United States wants [it].”
“Since they (Syrians) are our neighbors, we do not want war there, because it is also going to be Turkey’s problem,” said another resident.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a recent interview with the Turkish NTV channel that the situation in Syria “looks like the country is going towards a serious civil war.”
“The international community should adopt a single-voice method and policy. We are working on this at the moment,” Davutoglu added.
Meanwhile, the head of the UN observer mission in Syria, Major General Robert Mood, said in a briefing to the UN Security Council on June 19 that the UN monitors were “morally obliged” to stay in Syria despite a recent decision to suspend the activities of the team.
On June 16, Mood said the UN monitoring team was “suspending its activities” in Syria due to an “intensification of armed violence.”
The Syrian ambassador to the UN, Bashar Ja’afari, told reporters in New York on June 19 that armed groups in Syria were violating the peace plan brokered by the UN-Arab League envoy, Kofi Annan, and that the “only way to push forward is to guarantee the success of the six-point plan.”