Turkish Prime Minister Doesn't Want War with Syria

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
In this photo provided by Turkish Prime Minister's Press Service, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, greets Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili before a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Yasin Bulbul, Prime Minister's Press Service)

In this photo provided by Turkish Prime Minister's Press Service, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, greets Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili before a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Yasin Bulbul, Prime Minister's Press Service)

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's prime minister says his country does not want war with Syria, but he's warning Damascus not to test his resolve to protect "its people and borders."
Earlier today, Turkey's Parliament approved a bill authorizing military operations against Syria, and Turkish forces have been firing at targets there for a second day. The action follows yesterday's shelling from Syria that killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.
At a news conference today, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) suggested the Syrian shelling was not accidental. He says Syrian shells have fallen on Turkish territory on seven previous occasions since the civil war began there.
Erdogan maintains Turkey wants "peace and security and nothing else." But he adds that Turkey is capable of defending itself, and "no one should attempt" to test its determination on the issue.


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