November 25th, 2011
10:34 AM ET

Turkey urges Syria to make choice as deadline passes

Turkey's foreign minister warned Friday that it was time for Syria to make a decision, as a deadline passed for it to agree to let Arab League observers into the country to monitor the government's response to civil unrest.

Damascus's failure to respond opens the door to economic sanctions against Syria by its neighbors, a senior Arab League diplomat told CNN in Cairo.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Syria risked international isolation if it continued on its present path - and, that the current bloodshed as it puts down pro-democracy protests could not be tolerated.

"Syria has to make a decision," he said, speaking in Istanbul alongside his Italian counterpart, Giulio Terzi.

"It will either continue this crackdown policy against its people and become isolated more and more, or it will say yes to this well-intentioned Arab League proposal, sign this protocol and observers will monitor the situation on the ground by going to all Syrian cities."

Protesters in cities around the country have been demanding al-Assad's ouster and democratic elections since March.

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  1. Thanksgiving

    So Syria, make your Turkey choice. White or dark meat? Cranberries?

    November 25, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Erda Merin

      Evolve, monkey!

      December 2, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Seems to me Syria already made their choice.

    November 25, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I really, really hope that the Arab League takes care of this one!

    November 25, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Yeah, American of Syrian Descent suggested NATO yesterday, and I told him the same thing, let the Arab League handle this one. They have armies, air forces and navys don't they ? They would just rather keep the arab world hating the west instead of themselves.

    November 25, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO

    The Saudis have the best planes money can buy – at least, the ones that actually fly at the moment.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @bc(iah)
    I saw that post, and I agreed with it.
    Time the Arab League took some of the pressure off of NATO.
    What the hell else are they for, if not for trying to keep peace in the ME?

    November 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andreas Moser

    Death to the dictator!

    November 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TURKEY

    THIS IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL PRETTY SOON ENTIRE WORLD WILL BE UNDER MARSHALL LAW

    November 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TrueSyrianForSyriaOnly

    Oh, my god how brainwashed people are...it is so sad...all you sheeple....people in syria and not protesting anymore after they knew the intention of the west, they see the destruction and death in iraq, complete support of palestinian killings, NATO killed thousands in Lybia by a revolution led by israeli's prime minister husband, the russains know what is going on.... we attacked Iraq so we buy a barrel of oil for 40$....the same in venzuala, we tried to make coup against Chavas because he wanted regular price for oil..big business running these US and NATO..they want syria to weaken Iran and Lebanon only, they give crap about syrians freedom....how ironic and how effective the media in making you all parrots for what u see on CNN..who owns it..they tell who to love and who to hate with no proofs or reasonable research....very sad..do you all support injustice....

    December 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TrueSyrianForSyriaOnly

    Russain forces on syrian shores....so anyone is welcome to try messing with syria and russain BEAR....remember what lesson they taught all who tried to play with them....they who defeated the Natzi and cut germany in two halfs..always remember if it wasn't for the russians, we all would be speaking german now....

    December 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TrueSyrianForSyriaOnly

    Arab league are all agents for israel, how ironic when some of these countries can't provide food for their people and they pointing finger at syria, all kings with extreme human right abuse. in syria, you get heart surgery for free, school and university education for free, if PEOPLE work hard like people do in the west, you can provide for your family a good life under syrian standards, IN SYRIA you can have a good meal at a restuarant for less than a 1$. DO the research people, 10 millions went in the street in support of Assad...why it wasn't the oppsite like in Egypt....Syrians want Assad, at least 75%..that's way more than Bush's approval or Obama.....do the research and be educated before you give an opinion...

    December 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TrueSyrianForSyriaOnly

    And think about it, if a regime can have 10 millions in the street in support as some people claim that these people are forced to be pro-assad, that this regime deserve to stay...why Egypt couldn't have millions in support? or other countires? just think, analyze do your homework, since most of you have no clue about world affairs and all what you know is what was fed to you on the news here....

    December 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JIM

    Whatever.....

    December 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |