Turkish PM doesn't want war with Syria

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Associated Press

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 4 at 12:04 PM

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister says his country does not want war with Syria, but he's warning Damascus not to test his resolve to protect "its people and borders."

Earlier today, Turkey's Parliament approved a bill authorizing military operations against Syria, and Turkish forces have been firing at targets there for a second day. The action follows yesterday's shelling from Syria that killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.

At a news conference today, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) suggested the Syrian shelling was not accidental. He says Syrian shells have fallen on Turkish territory on seven previous occasions since the civil war began there.

Erdogan maintains Turkey wants "peace and security and nothing else." But he adds that Turkey is capable of defending itself, and "no one should attempt" to test its determination on the issue.

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191-c-14-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"keep that limited"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports Turkey is shelling Syria, after a shell from across the border killed a mother and her children. (4 Oct 2012)

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189-v-29-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--Turkey is shelling Syrian targets for the second day in a row. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo. (4 Oct 2012)

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190-c-12-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"to be allies"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports Turkey is shelling Syria for the second day. (4 Oct 2012)

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174-c-11-(Chris Torcia (TOR'-cha), AP correspondent)-"more retaliatory strikes"-AP correspondent Chris Torcia reports that Turkey says military actions against Syria should be seen as a warning, not a declaration of war. (4 Oct 2012)

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172-c-11-(Chris Torcia (TOR'-cha), AP correspondent)-"warning to Syria"-AP correspondent Chris Torcia reports Turkey has again sent shells across the border to Syria again, after a mortar attack killed five civilians in Turkey. (4 Oct 2012)

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173-c-16-(Chris Torcia (TOR'-cha), AP correspondent)-"to help refugees"-AP correspondent Chris Torcia reports an aide to Turkey's prime minister says there are no intentions of declaring war on Syria, although it is clearly angry over a mortar attack that killed five civilians in Turkey. (4 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XBO802: In this Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 photo, people and security officials are seen after a shelling attack in Akcakale, Turkey, on the border with Syria. The cross-border tensions escalated on Wednesday after a shell fired from inside Syria landed on a home in the Turkish village of Akcakale on Wednesday, killing a woman, her three daughters and another woman, and wounding at least 10 others, according to Turkish media. (AP Photo/Anatolia) TURKEY OUT (3 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XBO104: In this Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 photo, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, and his deputies Bulent Arinc, right, and Besir Atalay seen at Turkey's parliament in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey fired on Syrian targets for a second day Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, but said it has no intention of declaring war, despite tensions after deadly shelling from Syria killed five civilians in a Turkish border town. Turkey's Parliament, meanwhile, began an emergency session to discuss a bill authorizing the military to launch cross border operations in Syria. If approved, the bill could more easily open the way to unilateral action by Turkey's armed forces inside Syria, without the involvement of its Western and Arab allies.(AP Photo) (1 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XBO102: In this Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 photo, lawmakers and ministers, rear, listen to President Abdullah Gul, center, at Turkey's parliament in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey fired on Syrian targets for a second day Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, but said it has no intention of declaring war, despite tensions after deadly shelling from Syria killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.Turkey's Parliament, meanwhile, began an emergency session to discuss a bill authorizing the military to launch cross border operations in Syria. If approved, the bill could more easily open the way to unilateral action by Turkey's armed forces inside Syria, without the involvement of its Western and Arab allies. (AP Photo) (1 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XBO122: The destroyed entrance of the house where a Syrian mortar attack killed five people in Akcakale, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Turkey fired on Syrian targets for a second day Thursday, but said it has no intention of declaring war, despite tensions after deadly shelling from Syria killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.(AP Photo) (4 Oct 2012)

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