In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/SANA)
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Any leader would be better for Syria than President Bashar al-Assad, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday on the eve of talks to find a political transition in Damascus.Erdogan said the latest reports of atrocities blamed on Assad showed how bad the situation had become in Syria, where rebels, backed by Turkey among others, have become bogged down in efforts to oust the president.Syria was a key talking point for Erdogan as he met European President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels for talks on reviving Turkey's negotiations toward joining the EU.
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