Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

#WeAreHere: "Ghost" Soldiers of the Somme

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Liberia UNMIL mission: UN to hand security control to government

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Chaos and confusion after Brexit, Istanbul Airport attack (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Bitter Divorce: Chaos and confusion after Brexit (part 1)

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Extinction crisis: Saving the planet's species from an irreversible fate

Read more

#THE 51%

Unlocking the code: Women refugees offered classes in coding

Read more

#TECH 24

Viva Technology!

Read more

ENCORE!

Marcia Gay Harden, a down-to-earth Hollywood star

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

France’s Camargue region and its herdsmen

Read more

Middle east

Turkish foreign minister cuts short China visit over Syrian border fire

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-04-10

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (pictured) has cut short a trip to China because of Syrian border fire, which Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan described as “a clear violation” on Monday. Davutoglu was supposed to return later in the week.

REUTERS – Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will cut short an official China visit and fly home Tuesday after Syrian forces fired shots into a refugee camp across the border, a report said.

Davutoglu, who was accompanying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will not join the Shanghai leg of the trip and instead return to Turkey later in the day, reported the Anatolia news agency.

On the Turkish border on Monday, shots fired from inside Syria wounded four Syrians and two Turkish staff at a refugee camp in the first case of Syrian fire hitting people on Turkish soil in the crisis.

The incident, on the eve of a visit by international envoy Kofi Annan to the refugee camps, angered Ankara, and Erdogan said it was a "clear violation" of the border between Turkey and Syria.

Annan was expected at the border at noon Tuesday, joined by US senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman.

Syria faced a deadline Tuesday to withdraw its forces from urban areas after more than a year of cracking down on opponents and bloody clashes, with a peace accord brokered by Annan hanging by a thread Tuesday.

Davutoglu has intensified diplomatic contacts with the international community and held telephone conversations with four members of the UN Security Council over the Syrian crisis -- the United States, Britain, China and Russia -- reported private NTV television.

 

Date created : 2012-04-10

  • TURKEY - SYRIA

    Turkey: Syrian cross-border shootings 'clear violation'

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    No sign of Syrian peace deal hours before deadline

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Fresh regime demands jeopardize Syrian peace plan

    Read more

COMMENT(S)