Turkey Says New Arab Ultimatum is 'Last Chance' for Syria


A new Arab League ultimatum which gives Syria until later Friday to agree to accept observers or face sanctions represents a last chance for the regime in Damascus, Turkey's foreign minister said.

"It is a last chance, a new chance for Syria," Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Istanbul in the final hours before the 11:00 GMT deadline.

"We think it is now vital to put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people," said Davutoglu at a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Jordan's King Abdullah have both called on their neighboring leader Assad to quit over a crackdown on protesters which the United Nations says has left more than 3,500 people dead.

The Arab ultimatum was issued Thursday at the end of a crisis meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo, during which the 22-member bloc also for the first time called on the United Nations to help resolve the crisis.

Comments 4
Default-user-icon Sombrero (Guest) 9 years

Thus spoke Zaratoglu! What era do these fine Turks think they are living in? Ultimatum, huh!

Default-user-icon Gabby (Guest) 9 years

It is the end of the line Bashar. Phase two is on the way.

Default-user-icon TRULY LEBANESE (Guest) 9 years

Assad is finished...and all his lebanese (i mean syrians) dogs in our country will soon pay the price of their betrayal to our country.

soon a new Syria will emerge and will help the lebanese state clean up the baathist and iranian garbage

Default-user-icon Truly Ignorant (Guest) 9 years

"soon a new Syria will emerge and will help the lebanese state clean up the baathist and iranian garbage". The Syrian people will not help the pro-American Lebanese slaves. The New Syria will wage a war with Israeli occupiers with the support of the Lebanese anti Israel resistance no matter who they are.