Turkey halting joint oil exploration with Syria, threatens to cut energy supplies
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Turkey said on Tuesday it was halting joint oil exploration with Syria and would consider cutting energy supplies to its one-time ally following attacks on Turkish diplomatic missions in three Syrian cities.
“Right now we are supplying electricity there (Syria). If this course continues, we may have to review all of these decisions,” Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told reporters.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Syria’s leadership was offered a last chance to stop its violent repression of anti-government protests but rejected it.
“We have given a last opportunity to the Syrian regime but they didn’t want to seize it,” Davutoglu said in the Moroccan capital. Turkey wants “sanctions with an impact that spares harm to the Syrian people,” he said through an interpreter.
The White House, meanwhile, said that Turkish criticism of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had deepened the isolation of his regime.
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