Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey will retaliate accordingly in the event of an attack on the tomb of Süleyman Şah in Syria, the burial place of the grandfather of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, no matter who the attack is by.

Davutoğlu’s remarks came on Friday following reports in the Turkish press suggesting that the tomb of Süleyman Şah has been surrounded by al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces in Syria.

An article in the 1921 Franco-Turkish agreement lets Turkey keep guard and hoist its flag at the tomb, described as Turkish property, an arrangement accepted by an independent Syria. The site lies along the Euphrates River.

Speaking at a joint press conference in Van together with the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Iran after a tripartite meeting, Davutoğlu said: “According to international law and the 1921 agreement [between Turkey and France], that territory on which the tomb of Süleyman Şah sits is Turkish territory and it is the only territory outside of our borders. Therefore Turkey has the right to take any form of measures. Any attack, whether it comes from the regime, radical groups or any others, will face retaliation.” He added that Turkey will not hesitate to take any measures to defend its territory.

Turkey is following the developments in Syria with great concern. There is a security crisis due to a lack of power and authority in the region, with radical groups increasing terrorist activity in the north of Syria…. see more

source: todayszaman