"Worst case scenarios" are unfolding in Syria stated the Turkish President Abdullah Gul today. He added that the Turkish state would protect itself against further border clashes with its war ravaged neighbour. (See corroborating reports from CNN
Mr. Gul also contends that the war will not go on forever, and states that the fall of the Assad regime is inevitable. He argues that in Syria, "There will be a change, a transition sooner or late ... It is a must for the international community to take effective action before Syria turns into a bigger wreck and further blood is shed, that is our main wish."
He further stressed that the war "absolutely cannot" persist.
Turkey has been firing what it calls "retaliatory shots" into Syria in response to Syrian mortar fire. It is feared that these border clashes may see the bloody Syrian conflict devolve into an even wider regional one.
The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has also dubbed as "extremely dangerous" the Syrian situation, stating that it "has dramatically worsened." Furthermore, he stated that, "It is posing serious risks to the stability of Syria's neighbours and the entire region."
Mr. Gul however has stated that the Turkish "government is in constant consultation with the Turkish military. Whatever is needed is being done immediately as you see, and it will continue to be done."