Turkey deployed armored military units on its border with Syria, Turkish media said Thursday, raising regional tensions two days before world powers are due to discuss the prospect of a political transition in the conflict-torn country.
International powers including Russia, Syria's chief international ally, are expected to discuss a proposal that would create a new government drawing in opposition members, according to people familiar with the proposal. But talks ahead of the meeting in Geneva on Saturday, which will be convened by Syria special envoy Kofi Annan, haven't yielded any aGRE
ement on a process for a leadership change, these people said.
Russia said ahead of the meeting that it wouldn't endorse a call for President Bashar al-Assad to give up power, a sign that aGRE
ement on a clear plan for him to leave power remains distant.
The so-called Action Group for Syria is seen as an attempt to revive a peace plan brokered by Mr. Annan in April. The six-point plan had focused on securing a cease-fire on the ground, but instead was followed by a surge in violence by both the government and opposition.
这次“叙利亚问题行动小组”(Action Group for Syria)会议被认为是重启安南今年4月斡旋达成的和平计划的一个尝试。这个“六点计划”曾一度把重点放在确保地面停火上，但后来叙利亚政府和反对派的暴力行动却出现激增。
In Turkey on Thursday, armored military units岸including antiaircraft guns and other weapons岸began moving toward the Syrian border, Turkish media reported. Turkish television networks reported that a convoy of 12 military trucks, including short-range antiaircraft missiles, was moving toward a base in a border town housing a large camp for Syrian refugees.
Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency late on Wednesday said some 30 military vehicles, including heavy armor, had moved to the border from Iskenderun base on the Mediterranean. That convoy then dispersed to bases along the border, accompanied by police and gendarmerie teams for security, the agency reported.
机构阿纳多卢通讯社(Anadolu news agency)周三夜间说，包括重型装甲车在内的约30辆军用车辆已经从地中海的伊斯肯德伦(Iskenderun)基地转移至土叙边境。该通讯社报道称，车队在抵达后已分散至边境沿线的多个基地，出于安全考虑，警察和宪兵队全程陪同。
Government and military officials wouldn't immediately confirm that a new deployment was under way Thursday toward the 565-mile (900-kilometer) Turkish-Syrian border.
Turkey, however, has said it is taking moves to adjust to what it has called a new level of threat from Syria, after Syria shot down a Turkish military jet last week. In a statement following a National Security Meeting, Ankara again said it would take 'decisive steps' in response to the shooting of its aircraft.
A spokesman for Turkey's general staff wouldn't confirm that an additional mobilization was taking place but said Turkish military deployment usually reflects the country's rules of engagement.
An increased mobilization would be a logical consequence of a more defensive military posture toward Damascus, anaylsts said. 'This activity has largely to do with the requirements of the change in rules of engagement,' said Kamer Kasim, the deputy chairman of an Ankara-based think tank, International Strategic Research Organization, or USAK.
分析人士说，增派部队是土耳其对大马士革采取更具防御性军事态势的自然结果。安卡拉智库国际战略研究组织(International Strategic Research Organization)副主席卡瑟姆(Kamer Kasim)说，相关行动主要跟交战规则的调整这一要求有关。 土耳其媒体：土向叙利亚边境部署装甲部队