Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a gathering in Istanbul on Oct. 5, 2012. Turkey should be prepared for war if it wants to have peace, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Istanbul on Friday. Erdogan's comments came two days after Syrian artillery shells landed in Turkey's southeastern town of Akcakale, killing five Turks and wounding several others. (Xinhua/Ma Yan)
Turkey should "prepare for war" while wishing peace: Turkish PM
ISTANBUL, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Turkey should be prepared for war if it wants to have peace, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Istanbul on Friday.
Addressing a gathering of more than 5,000 people, Erdogan said, "The saying goes: 'prepare for war if you wish for peace'...We are not war-lovers, but we are not far from war either." Full story
Turkey reinforces navy in Mediterranean as tension mounts with Syria
ISTANBUL, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Turkey is reinforcing its position in the Mediterranean Sea in a bid to put more pressure on the Syrian government following the escalation of tensions along the border, a report said here on Friday.
Daily News reported that a number of warships and submarines have been sent to the country's bases in the Mediterranean from its northwestern province of Golcuk, where the Turkish Naval Forces' main base is located. Full story
UN Security Council calls for Turkey-Syria restraint
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned the incident of artillery shelling in Turkey from Syria and called on both countries to exercise restraint.
"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the shelling by the Syrian armed forces of the Turkish town of Akcakale," said a statement released to the press here by Guatemala's Permanent UN Representative Gert Rosenthal, whose delegation holds the Council's rotating presidency for this month. Full story