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Turkish ambassador, Mr. Ersin Erçin, signaled to address the UN General Assembly. Turkey's role as the de facto sponsor of the Free Syrian Army, and by default the soon-to-appear Syrian opposition's political face, meant that Ankara's input in this discussion was going to be expected, especially considering Syria's opposition did not have UN representation, and of course the now-undisguised role the Turkish Armed Forces were playing in aiding the Free Syrian Army's invasion of the former Arab Republic.
"On behalf of the Republic of Turkey and the Free Syrian Opposition, I am in wholehearted agreement with the honorable ambassador from Washington and extend my gratitude to the American administration for their outreach efforts and keen interest in bringing this critical task to the international community's attention.
"To take sum of the current situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, the amassed forces of the Free Syrian Army have, as many will be well-aware at this point, commenced operations aimed at liberating the entirety of Syria from Ba'athist control. As of today, the major cities of Aleppo, Homs, and Hama have fallen to opposition control or are currently on their way there, while the regime's forces maintain a tenuous and increasingly anarchic hold on the capital. From the information I have acquired from the Turkish Chief of Army Staff and the Free Syrian Army commanders, Damascus is expected to fall to opposition forces before the end of the month.
"Thus, I encourage the international community to prepare for that eventuality and to show strong and unwavering support for the stability and reconstruction of Syria. Most critically, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will be calling an international 'Friends of Syria' summit within the coming week in order to more directly and comprehensively support the political process that will inevitably emerge once the Syrian National Council has taken effective control over the entirety of the country. The US, European Union, Russia, China, Japan, Arab League, Brazil, India, and Iran will all be invited directly to take part in the summit, aimed at providing a more concerted political framework for transition.
"However, the international community at large may participate in aiding the Syrian people regardless of their attendance at the upcoming summit and indeed are encouraged to do so. Humanitarian assistance, most critically, is a major requirement to ensure the health and safety of the Syrian people. Furthermore, financial assistance and direct financial aid will also be a significant help in supporting the Syrian people in terms of services and treatment in order to alleviate the hardships that they currently suffer and will no doubt continue to suffer until after the civil war's conclusion.
"Reconstruction aid is also welcomed, including raw materials such as oil and gas, lumber, construction supplies, and food in order to alleviate shortages and mitigate some of the effects of the all-but-collapsed Syrian economy."
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