Turkish Foreign Minister Calls For Immediate Syria Ceasefire

Turkish Foreign Minister Calls For Immediate Syria Ceasefire

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for an immediate ceasefire in, saying that President Bashar al-Assad was unfit to rule.

Asked about Assad at a news conference in Beirut, Cavusoglu said the Syrian leader was responsible for 600,000 deaths and that somebody with that record should not be running a country.

''We supported (President) Assad regime before he started killing his own people. And we got along very well. We supported Syria and Syrian people including Assad but at this stage, we have to be realistic, that the person who kills almost 600,000 people shouldn't rule any country," Cavusoglu said.

NATO member Turkey is a major backer of rebels fighting to oust Assad. The rebels have come under siege in eastern Aleppo after rapid advances by Syrian government forces in recent days, bringing them to the brink of a major defeat.

Cavusoglu said Turkey was speaking with Assad's allies Russia and Iran, as well as with Syria and Lebanon, about trying to find a solution in Syria.