ISTANBUL - Turkish officials on Wednesday called on China to show restraint in dealing with Xinjiang unrest, while the Foreign Ministry summoned the Chinese charges d'affairs in Ankara for consultations.
"We have been monitoring the incidents with great concern and sorrow," Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told at a televised speech in
"Our expectations is that these incidents, which are of an extreme ferocity, end immediately, restraint dominates, the culprits give account of these [incidents] and the necessary measures are taken immediately in line with the universal principles of human rights," he added.
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Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday Turkey cannot "remain indifferent" to the plight of the region's Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighurs and urged
"We expect [
Chinese diplomat summoned
Davutoglu said his ministry summoned a diplomat from the Chinese embassy on Tuesday to convey
"The Uighurs are a community of ethnic brothers whose fate concerns us," he said. "There is a humanitarian situation there that requires the world’s attention... It is out of the question for
Xinjiang's eight million Uighurs make up nearly half the population of the region, a vast area of deserts and mountains rich in natural resources that borders ex-Soviet Central Asia.
Many Uighurs have sought refuge in
About 500 Turks, members of a civil servants’ union and a far-right nationalist group, laid black wreaths in front of the Chinese Embassy before dispersing peacefully. A similar protest was held outside the Chinese Consulate in