Turkey has suspended talks with Syria and may impose sanctions on Damascus, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said, the clearest sign yet that Ankara has parted ways with President Bashar al-Assad over his bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.
After long maintaining close relations with neighbour Syria, Turkey has spoken out increasingly against Assad, urging him to end a military crackdown on a popular uprising and to launch democratic reforms.
During a tour of Arab countries last week, Erdogan said thatTurkey's approach to Syria had changed and that Ankara wouldsoon announce its "final" decision on Syria by the time the U.N.General Assembly meeting in New York.
"I halted talks with the Syrian government. I did not wantto come to this point. But the Syrian government forced us toma
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