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Turkey's Erdogan discusses Assad's role in Syria's future

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>> Turkey has been at the epicenter of some of the most important news stories of the year. I'm Steve Adler in New York, where I just spent an hour interviewing President Erdogan of Turkey. And he spoke very passionately about the future role of President Assad in Syria.>>
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00:00:24
>> Well, especially after 600,000 people were mercilessly killed in Syria I don't think this man should remain in power or else, it would be very disrespectful to those who have fallen.>>
00:00:52
And we have to decide, do we want to see a democratic regime reigning in Syria, or do we want another replica of a Baathist regime sustained for the future of Syria? Why this killer is being backed up is far beyond my comprehension, and this killer should not be supported any longer, and he shouldn't be achieving power any longer.
00:01:14
No country around the world should or could assume such a big risk after so many lives were lost. And actually, they shouldn't assume such a big risk after so many lives were lost in Syria. Syria has been destroyed already and it's just because of this killer man. So, why do we insist in making sure that he remains in power throughout this transition period?
00:01:36
When we talk about these facts, some people stand up and say, okay, if Assad goes, who's going to replace him? Well, I don't think it would be very difficult for a country with a population of 22 to 23 million inhabitants, will be challenged to emerge a leader out of their own bosom.
00:01:53
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00:02:22
Please, allow the Syrian people to decide on their own fate through a democratic parliamentarian system. Or through a presidential system that befits the country's aspirations.>>