Turkey and Jordan called on Sept. 24 for a more robust international effort to end Syria’s civil war, saying the global community had a responsibility not to abandon the Syrian people.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Jordan’s King Abdullah made the remarks while addressing the UN General Assembly in New York. Gul said the international community was responsible for ending the conflict, which has killed more than 100,000 people, according to UN estimates.
Turkey, once an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but now one of his fiercest critics as he fights rebels trying to oust him, called for UN Security Council action in August after a deadly chemical weapons attack near Damascus.
“This conflict has evolved into a real threat to regional peace and security,” Gul said. “Any recurrence of the proxy wars of the Cold-War era will plunge Syria into further chaos.”
Gul said Turkey welcomed a US-Russian agreement to remove Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, but said the world must not allow Assad’s government to “avoid responsibility for its other crimes."