Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it would be up to the United Nations Security Council to decide on an eventual no - fly zone over Syria.
" With respect to no - fly zone, I would like to make one observation: this is not a decision that could be taken between the US and Turkey, " Erdogan told the Brookings Institution in Washington on Friday, a day after discussing Syria issue with US President Barack Obama.
" It is something that would have to come through the UN Security Council, " he added.
Erdogan, however, said that the issue could be discussed at a planned international conference on Syria backed by the US and Russia. "We are in the process of putting together a conference in Geneva ... If that process decides on such a zone, as Turkey, we would also do whatever is necessary," he said. Turkey has been pushing the US for a no-fly zone on Syria since 2012 to protect militant-held areas. Turkey, along with Qatar and Saudi Arabia, has been providing military and logistical support to the foreign-backed militants fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. Several international human rights organizations have accused foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes in Syria.