In Turkey, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the Syrian regime has degenerated into an ‘‘armed militia’’ that resorts to brutality in an attempt to stay in power. Davutoglu spoke Saturday at an Istanbul meeting attended by Arab foreign ministers who expressed opposition to the Syrian government.
Davutoglu and other delegates at the one-day conference say the Syrian regime is a threat not only to its people but also to peace and security in the region.
Turkey was an ally of Syria before the crisis began but turned into one of its harshest critics because of Assad’s crackdown.
AP writers Elizabeth A. Kennedy in Beirut and Peter Svensson in New York contributed to this report.