Turkey hosts Friends of Syria conference in Istanbul.

By bne IntelliNews April 2, 2012
Turkey hosted the second round of the Friends of Syria conference in Istanbul over the weekend. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged international community to coordinate efforts to stop crackdown on the Syrian opposition if UN efforts fail. Erdogan said that 20,000 Syrians fled to Turkey because of violence there. PM Erdogan also called for an election in Syria and said the Damascus regime continued to repress the demands of the Syrian people and the Syrian opposition had the right to selfdefence. Foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey recognised the opposition group Syrian National Council as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

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