Aug. 15 - The Turkish Foreign Minister says there will be nothing left to say to neighbour Syria if military operations against civilians continue. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A final warning to Syria. Turkey is warning its neighbor that military operations against civilians must end immediately and unconditionally. But the violence goes on. Amatuer video out of Latakia puprotedly shows smoke rising from a bridge. The video which could not be verified by Reuters comes amid reports that Syrian forces are shelling residential districts in a third day of assaults. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu SOUNDBITE: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, saying: (Turkish) "The unfolding events in Latakia yesterday and today, cannot be excused. What happened there cannot be seen as Syria's own business -- with respect to human rights. Today we want to call on Syrian regime once again. The operations against civilians - that intensify in big cities - should stop immediately and unconditionally," Turkish leaders, who once backed President Bashar al-Assad, have repeatedly urged him to end violence and make reforms after street protests against his 11 years in power erupted five months ago. SOUNDBITE: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, saying: (Turkish) "Syrian soldiers must withdraw from the cities and life should turn back to normal. If these operations do not stop there will be nothing left to say about the steps that would be taken. We expect and demand an end to these operations." Assad has broadened a military assault to crackdown on the street uprisings demanding his removal since the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on August 1, when daily protests against 41 years of the Assad family rule gathered momentum. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.