"Turkey can no longer insist on Syria settlement without Assad"
Turkey can no longer insist on a resolution of the conflict in Syria without the involvement of President Bashar al-Assad, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Friday. >
"As far as our position on Assad is concerned, we think that the suffering of (the) Syrian people and the tragedies, clearly the blame is squarely on Assad. But we have to be pragmatic, realistic" Simsek told a panel on Syria and Iraq at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
"The facts on the ground have changed dramatically, so Turkey can no longer insist on a settlement without Assad, it's not realistic" he said.