The Turkish President, Abdullah Gul
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Turkish president, Gul, 'prepared for worst' in Syria

The Turkish president has said his country will not remain indifferent to Syria's crisis and will support the demands of the Syrian people.

Speaking to the BBC, Abdullah Gul said that "fundamental reforms" were needed in Syria.

He said Turkey no longer trusted its former ally, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

The UN says more than 3,500 people have died since the start of the protests against Mr Assad in March.

He was speaking to the BBC's Bridget Kendall on the eve of his State visit to Britain.

  • 21 Nov 2011
  • From the section Africa
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