U.S. praise for Assad inappropriate -Turkey's Erdogan
Monday, October 07, 2013 - 01:19
Oct. 7 - After U.S. Secretary of State Kerry paid tribute to the Assad government for complying with plans to destroy Syria's chemical arsenal, Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan says Assad deserves no praise. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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With U.N. weapons inspectors on the ground in Syria, the government won rare praise from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who said efforts to eliminate chemical weapons are off to a good start and the Assad regime deserves credit.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan calls any praise of Bashar al-Assad's government inappropriate.
(SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER TAYYIP ERDOGAN SURROUNDED BY JOURNALISTS OUTSIDE HOTEL, SAYING:
"How can we praise the behavior of somebody who has killed 110,000 people? Can this be reasonable, I am asking you? No matter what kind of weapons he used, chemical or not, his actions culminated in death. So how can we praise him? I cannot imagine a human being who can praise Assad. I don't think Kerry would have made such a statement. If he did, he would contradict himself."
The presence of the weapons inspectors has done little to curb the violence on the ground.
Amateur video which can not be independently verified by Reuters shows the relentless path of war.
The conflict has already cost the lives of more than 100,000 people with few signs of any resolution in sight.
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