Turkish FM: ‘Plan B’ for Syria if Geneva meeting fails
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Turkish FM: ‘Plan B’ for Syria if Geneva meeting fails

Ahmet Davutoglu says alternative plan devised with US should transitional solution efforts break down next month

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attends a press conference in Davos, Switzerland in December 2012. (photo credit: AP/Michel Euler)
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attends a press conference in Davos, Switzerland in December 2012. (photo credit: AP/Michel Euler)

Turkey and the US have a ‘Plan B’ for Syria if the upcoming meeting between the Syrian opposition and regime officials fails, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday.

Speaking at a press conference for Turkish media, Davutoglu did not elaborate on what the contingency plan might be, should a political solution to the two-year Syrian crisis remain elusive, according to Today’s Zaman.

He added, however, that an accord on the respective standings of Ankara and Washington on the Syrian issue was reached during a meeting earlier this month between President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey participated in  a “Friends of Syria” conference in Amman this week, attended by US Secretary of State John Kerry along with officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Britain, France, Germany and Italy.

The meeting prepared for UN-hosted international talks on Syria planned for next month.

Russia and the US joined efforts earlier this month to convene an international conference to bring representatives of Assad’s regime and the opposition to the negotiating table. The aim of the talks would be to establish the outlines of a transitional government as a way out of the crisis.

More than 70,000 people have been killed and several million displaced since the uprising against Assad erupted in March 2011 and escalated into a civil war.

The US-Russian plan, similar to the one set out last year in Geneva, calls for talks on a transitional government and an open-ended ceasefire.

AP contributed to this report.

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