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Old 27th March 2011, 22:23   #1 (permalink)
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Turkey offers to broker Libya ceasefire as rebels advance on Sirte

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenges western direct action and says prolonged conflict could lead to a 'second Iraq'

The Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signalled that Turkey is ready to act as a mediator to broker an early ceasefire in Libya, as he warned that a drawn-out conflict risked turning the country into a "second Iraq" or "another Afghanistan" with devastating repercussions both for Libya and the Nato states leading the intervention.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Erdogan said that talks were still under way with Muammar Gaddafi's government and the Transitional National Council. He also revealed that Turkey is about to take over the running of the rebel-held Benghazi harbour and airport to facilitate humanitarian aid, in agreement with Nato.

Speaking in Istanbul at the weekend, Erdogan said Gaddafi had to "provide some confidence to Nato forces right now" on the ground if there was to be progress towards the ceasefire the Libyan leader wanted and an "end to the blood being spilled in Libya".

His comments came as Nato leaders met in Brussels to finalise arrangements for the alliance - with Turkey's participation - to take over the enforcement of the UN no-fly zone from Tuesday, as well as for the more controversial air strikes against Gaddafi's ground forces.

Meanwhile, rebel forces completed their weekend take-over of a string of government-held oil towns, including Brega, Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad, with the help of heavy coalition air strikes on pro-Gaddafi forces. By Sunday night their Their rapid advance westwards is heading for the Libyan leader's home town and stronghold, Sirte, where two loud explosions were heard.

The Turkish government, which is playing an increasingly important regional role and has the second largest armed forces within Nato, has been at the centre of the argument within the alliance over Libya, publicly clashing with the French president Nicolas Sarkozy.


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Re: Turkey offers to broker Libya ceasefire as rebels advance on Sirte

Nobody really knows who's who in Libya or whats going on there..we only have the usual unreliable media who slant the news according to whichever camp they favour...and at the moment its the so called 'rebels' who are getting the backing. Where did they suddenly spring from?
İ bet there are already more ground forces in Libya than they are telling us...and its probably only the spectre of İraq that is keeping a full scale invasion off the cards...for now.
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Re: Turkey offers to broker Libya ceasefire as rebels advance on Sirte

We certainly know the SAS are in Libya at the moment as they are acting as spotters and laser target sites for bombing. I keep hoping that Gadaffi see's sense (unlikely) and asks for exile somewhere as its fairly obvious his regime is detested by a majority yet he will not allow free elections etc. It is, as you point out fairly uncertain what one would get in its place but hopefully it would be more accountable to the people and less barbaric.
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Nobody really knows who's who in Libya or whats going on there..we only have the usual unreliable media who slant the news according to whichever camp they favour...and at the moment its the so called 'rebels' who are getting the backing. Where did they suddenly spring from?
İ bet there are already more ground forces in Libya than they are telling us...and its probably only the spectre of İraq that is keeping a full scale invasion off the cards...for now.
I am inclined to agree with you Shirley. Where did they get so many weapons to initially instigate this uprising. They seemed to be well armed from day one.

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Re: Turkey offers to broker Libya ceasefire as rebels advance on Sirte

The PM is coming in for increasing criticism in the Arab press at the moment.
Many are wondering about his ambiguous stance..during the recent Arab uprisings for instance he supported the uprising in Egypt and alled for Mubarek to go...yet in Libya he is favouring the regime and is against the uprising..so whats going on?

Articles in Arab Press: Erdogan's Position on the Arab Uprisings Stems from His Bid for Regional Influence
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