4 Apr 2012

Turkey critical of UN inaction over Syria

8:20 am on 4 April 2012

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has accused the United Nations Security Council of indirectly supporting the oppression of the Syrian people by failing to unite against the regime.

Mr Erdogan said the Security Council was standing by with its "hands and arms tied" while the Syrian people were dying every day.

He told members of parliament from his governing AK Party that Turkey would not turn its back on the Syrian people.

Russia says Syria has promised to pull its forces from cities by 10 April.