“The recent developments in Syria have deepened our already existing concerns. The footage from yesterday’s events has horrified us. The use of heavy weapons in Hama against civilians has given me a deep shock. We cannot remain silent and accept a bloody atmosphere at the start of Ramadan, which is absolutely contrary to the spirit of Ramadan, a period when people expect peace to be secured and reforms to be carried out. It’s impossible to remain silent in the face of events visible to everyone. I urge the Syrian administration to stop violence against people and to carry out reforms to build the country’s future on the base of peace and stability,” – Turkish president, Abdullah Gül, today. Turkey is Syria’s biggest trade partner.