ANKARA Jan 6 Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had simply
repeated empty promises in his speech in Damascus on Sunday, and
called for a swift transition in the war-torn country.
"His remarks are just repetitions of what he's said all
along. They are the same promises he made to us," Davutoglu
said. "As Assad no longer has the representative authority over
the Syrian people, his words have lost persuasiveness ... A
transition period needs to be completed swiftly through talks
with representatives of the Syrian nation."