Turkey's president said on Monday that Turkey considered Annan process as an opportunity for Syria.

President Abdullah Gul said the process launched by United Nations (UN)-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan was important.

"We see it an important opportunity and chance for Syria," Gul told reporters before he flew to the Netherlands.

Gul said Annan's plan had to be implemented, i.e. everybody should lay down arms, ensure cease-fire, and every one who wanted to express their views peacefully should be free.

"Therefore, ensuring such an atmosphere, holding a fair election under auspices of international community, enabling public will will solve this problem without shedding more blood and without weakening Syria more and more," Gul said.

Gul said everybody had to take lessons from what had happened in surrounding or other countries, and those ruling Syria should take the utmost lessons.

"This is an opportunity, and it is the last chance, I hope they will be aware of this," Gul said.

The cease-fire is the key part of special envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan, which was presented to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on March 10 and accepted by him on March 27.

On a campaign launched against him by a racist parliamentarian in the Netherlands, Gul said he was sure Dutch people were ashamed of that campaign and what the parliamentarian was doing.

"Such incidents can happen in every country, and therefore I suggest the Dutch people not to feel sorry," Gul said.

Moreover, Gul said negotiations were going on in Cyprus under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), and Turkey could do nothing about the Greek Cypriot presidency of the European Union (EU) as the presidency rotated among EU member states.

"It is Greek Cypriots' turn and they would rule the union for six months, and therefore negotiations under UN auspices are important," Gul said.

Gul also expressed hope that Cyprus negotiations would bear fruit.