Er­do­gan Urges New Ground­work for World Peace


ANKARA (Dis­patches) Turkey’s pres­i­dent on Mon­day urged a new ground­work for peace in the world, one where coun­tries are no longer bombed with ran­dom jus­ti­fi­ca­tions.

“Let’s lay down a new foun­da­tion for peace in the world and let’s not let rain down bombs on these coun­tries at ran­dom, not al­low the pound­ing of bar­rel bombs,” Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan told an en­trepreneur­ship congress in Is­tan­bul.

Er­do­gan also crit­i­cized Satur­day’s U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria in the wake of al­leged usage of chem­i­cal weapon by the As­sad regime, point­ing out that con­ven­tional weapons have killed far more civil­ians in the coun­try.

“They came and said ‘chem­i­cal weapons’ and at­tacked... [say­ing] ‘We at­tacked over the usage of chem­i­cal weapons’,” said Er­do­gan.

“I say, why you are only look­ing at chem­i­cal weapons? Why you are not as­sess­ing con­ven­tional weapons? If one per­son dies from chem­i­cal weapons, 10 peo­ple die from con­ven­tional weapons.”

The U.S., U.K., and France early Satur­day launched airstrikes on the re­ported As­sad regime chem­i­cal weapons fa­cil­i­ties in Syria.

The strikes came after the As­sad regime al­legedly car­ried out a chem­i­cal at­tack in Douma, Syria, killing 78 civil­ians and in­jur­ing hun­dreds of oth­ers.

Er­do­gan also crit­i­cized “im­pe­ri­al­ist pow­ers” for not tak­ing in Syr­ian refugees while Turkey plays host to around 3.5 mil­lion Syr­i­ans.

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