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News number: 9107110906

13:43 | 2012-10-06

Defence

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Top Commander Cautions Syria, Turkey to Make Up for Mistakes

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Seyed Hassan Firouzabadi demanded both Syria and Turkey to correct their mistakes, cautioning that war will only deteriorate the conditions for both states.



Firouzabadi said that war cannot make up for the two countries' mistakes and will only face both Syria and Turkey with major challenges.

"There is always opportunity for dialogue, but the flames of war burn all such opportunities," Firouzabadi added on Friday.

The Iranian commander hoped for Turkish and Syrian officials would successfully weather this critical juncture as "no one wants to see war between two Muslim states".

On Wednesday, a mortar hit the border town of Akcakale in Southern Turkey.

It was not clear who fired the mortar into Turkey, but security sources said it had come from near Tel Abyad and that Turkey was increasing the number of troops along its border.

Syria said it was investigating the source of the mortar bomb and urged restraint. Information Minister Omran Zoabi conveyed his condolences to the Turkish people, saying his country respected the sovereignty of neighboring countries.

Since the beginning of unrests in Syria in March 2011, Turkey has tried hard to intensify the crisis in Syria by training terrorists and sending weapons to the Arab country. Such behavior resulted in further problems for the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in its relations with its neighbors.

Turkish artillery hit targets near Syria's Tel Abyad border town for a second day on Thursday, killing several Syrian soldiers according to activists and security sources.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said several Syrian soldiers were killed in the Turkish bombardment of a military post near the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, a few miles across the frontier from Akcakale.