Turkey opposed to foreign intervention in Libya

March 5, 2011 - 0:0

An external intervention in Libya would make the situation in the North African country worse, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Istanbul, emphasizing Turkey’s opposition to such a move.

According to Hurriyetnews, Davutoglu said that even the protesters fighting to topple the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi would oppose any kind of external military intervention.
Commenting on the ongoing turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East, Davutoglu said the region is in a process of transformation that Turkey supports happening in a peaceful way, “without cutting up the public authority, without causing big casualties and with respect from everyone for the demands of the public.”
“Outside actors such as United States that stand against this natural process will lose one way or another,” the foreign minister said, calling what the world is witnessing in the region a “political earthquake.”
“What we see in the Middle East today are not temporary incidents; these are events that trigger each other, and there will be aftershocks as well,” Davutoglu said.
Gül criticizes support for regimes
Turkey’s president also indirectly criticized countries that had supported authoritarian regimes in the region in the interest of protecting stability and said that Turkey was following its principles throughout the uprisings
Addressing the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, Gül said “You see how some countries made zigzags through this process. Before these processes started, you see how they sacrificed democracy and supported regimes that were standing against their people,” President Abdullah Gül told reporters Wednesday.
Libya should have seen the realities of the new world, Gül said, adding that young people were leading the process. “All we want is for these processes to conclude without bloodshed and without signs of civil war,” he said.
Photo: Turkish President Abdullah Gul with Foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (Getty Images