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Cairo and Ankara call for action on Syria

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - 01:27

Sept. 5 - Turkey's Prime Minister says Bashar al-Assad has created a ''terrorist state'' and Egypt calls for action from the Arab League. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accuses President Bashar al-Assad of creating a "terrorist state" in Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER TAYYIP ERDOGAN SAYING: "They cut the connection of Deraa to the outside world for a week. Raiding each house they massacred 300 innocent civilians. Here, there is no difference between a separatist terrorist group and them. The Syrian regime has become a terrorist state." Ankara once cultivated good relations with Assad's administration. But Erdogan has become one of Assad's harshest critics as Turkey struggles with an influx of more than 80,000 Syrian refugees fleeing the violence. Meanwhile in Cairo, Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi made an impassioned plea to Arab League states to end the bloodshed in Syria. Mursi said a quartet of states - Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Egypt - would meet to discuss the Syrian crisis. Analysts said the group was unlikely to agree on a solution, but the initiative indicates newly-elected Mursi wants to put Egypt back at the centre of regional politics.

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Cairo and Ankara call for action on Syria

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - 01:27