These were the words of Recep Tayipp Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister who has stepped up pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, by claiming that his government was on a “knife-edge” and that Turkey was suspending joint oil exploration and considering stopping electricity supplies to its neighbour.
“No regime can survive by killing or jailing. No one can build a future over the blood of the oppressed,” he added.
Erdogan warned Assad that the brutal crackdown threatens to place him on a list of leaders who “feed on blood”.
A foreign policy adviser to the Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, seemed to confirm that a buffer zone might only now need approval from other neighbours, which looks more likely following the Arab League vote.
“The protection of civilians is certainly very important. But what matters is an international resolution on the issue. It seems out of the question for us to do that on our own,” the adviser said.
The crisis in Syria has dramatically worsened since the Arab League suspension.