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Turkish president says 'worst case' unfolding in Syria

Published on Oct 9, 2012 6:35 AM
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Turkey's President Abdullah Gul speaks during a debate marking the reconvene of the parliament after a summer recess in Ankara on Oct 1, 2012. Mr Gul said on Monday the "worst-case scenarios" were now playing out in Syria and Turkey would do everything necessary to protect itself, as its army fired back for a sixth day after a shell from Syria flew over the border. -- PHOTOS: AFP

GUVECCI (REUTERS) - Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the "worst-case scenarios" were now playing out in Syria and Turkey would do everything necessary to protect itself, as its army fired back for a sixth day after a shell from Syria flew over the border.

Mr Gul said the violence in Turkey's southern neighbour, where a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad has evolved into a civil war that threatens to draw in regional powers, could not go on indefinitely and Mr Assad's fall was inevitable.

"The worst-case scenarios are taking place right now in Syria... Our government is in constant consultation with the Turkish military. Whatever is needed is being done immediately as you see, and it will continue to be done," Mr Gul said.

"There will be a change, a transition sooner or later... It is a must for the international community to take effective action before Syria turns into a bigger wreck and further blood is shed, that is our main wish," he told reporters in Ankara.

 
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