London, Oct. 5 (ANI): Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country has no intention of initiating a war with Syria, after the parliament in Ankara authorised military action against the Middle East country.
Erdogan said the authorisation was purely 'deterrence', but also warned that his country's determination should not be tested.
"We want peace and security and nothing else. We could never be interested in something like starting a war," the BBC quoted Erdogan, as saying.
"The Turkish Republic is a state capable of defending its citizens and borders. Nobody should try and test our determination on this subject," he added.
According to the report, the Turkish Parliament earlier approved of shelling targets inside Syria, in retaliation to the killing of 5 Turkish Nationals, who were victims of the Syrian shelling that took place in the village of Akcakale near the border.
The United Nations has reportedly condemned the Syrian attack "in the strongest terms", the report said.
A statement by the Security Council called on the Syrian government to "fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours", adding that the incident "highlighted the grave impact the crisis in Syria has on the security of its neighbours and on regional peace and stability", the report added. (ANI)