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Turkey: Bill not declaration of war against Syria

October 4, 2012 News Extra

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AKCAKALE, Turkey — Turkey’s deputy prime minister says a bill approved by the Turkish parliament authorizing the use of force in Syria is not a declaration of war but is intended as a deterrent against its neighbor.

Besir Atalay told reporters after the vote today: “The bill is not for war ... It has deterrent qualities.”

Parliament voted 320-129 in favor of the bill that authorizes the military to conduct cross-border operations in Syria, a day after a deadly shelling from the Syrian territory killed five civilians.

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