Syrian troops walk in a neighborhood of Damascus, which has been the scene of clashes with foreign-backed terrorists in recent days. (File photo)
Turkey’s Republican People's Party has blamed the ruling Justice and Development Party for fomenting the Syrian unrest that has led to the killing of thousands of civilians in the county.
“The violence in Syria escalates day by day. The situation in Syria shows us that the Justice and Development Party had an important role in creating today’s unrest in the country,” deputy chairman of the Republican People's Party, Osman Faruk Logoglu, said on Monday.
The former Turkish ambassador to the United States criticized Turkey’s foreign policy towards its neighbor, saying it has been irrational and unsuccessful.
“Opinion polls indicate that even supporters of the ruling party do not agree with party’s stance towards Syria,” Logoglu added.
The Turkish diplomat also pointed out that the Justice and Development Party has aggravated the situation in Syria by sending military forces and vehicles towards the Syrian border.
On July 28, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, “Our Western partners… together with some of Syria’s neighbors are essentially encouraging, supporting and directing an armed struggle against [the Syrian government].”
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
Western states have been calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. However, Russia and China are strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust Assad.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country.