Turkish PM: ‘We won’t accept Assad’s victory’

Turkey’s prime minister has dismissed as “absurd” claims that Bashar al-Assad will win in Syria’s civil war, warning that “there is no hope” for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Speaking to the Reuters news agency, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is leading the countrys anti-government protests, said: “We won`t accept Assad`s victory in Syria.

That`s why the international community cannot accept the results of a Syrian elections.”

Mr Erdogan, whose AK Party is seen as a key partner of Syrian President Bashar al the Syrian’s forces, said the country needed a “strong leader and a strong international presence” in Syria, adding that “all the parties are doing everything to try to prevent this”.

Mr Erdogan said the Syrian army should “take all the necessary measures” to secure the country, adding: “There is no chance that there will be any peace in Syria”.

The comments came after a statement from Syria’s foreign ministry denied claims that it would agree to a ceasefire, saying it was not seeking one.

The statement, issued on Monday, said “Syria does not intend to accept any kind of compromise on the ground and will continue to fight on all fronts”.

It also said that “the country`s armed forces are the sole guarantors of its territorial integrity and sovereignty”, and that “Syria is prepared to implement any agreements” with other parties.

The US and other Western nations have warned Syria that its chemical weapons arsenal could fall into the hands of rebels.

A ceasefire was agreed last week between the Assad government and rebel groups, but a deal has yet to be reached.

The opposition says it would like to see Mr Assad step down, but Turkey and other Gulf Arab countries want him to stay in power.

Turkey’s prime minister has dismissed as “absurd” claims that Bashar al-Assad will win in Syria’s civil war, warning that “there…