Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Erdogan invited Qaddafi to abandon Libya

Loud and clear, finally. After a month of ambiguities, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has positioned unambiguously. "We invite the Libyan leader to relinquish command to prevent more blood be shed," he said Tuesday at noon at the Turkish media during a press conference. As if it was not clear: "Our advice for Gaddafi is to consider that your choice has unfortunately brought blood, tears and oppression.

Gaddafi must relinquish power and return the command to the Libyan people," he explained, adding that the leader should leave the country . Erdogan met and calls from some sectors of civil society since the outbreak of civil war in Libya had criticized his stance tibia, in contrast to which he had devoted to Egypt shortly before, was the first to demand the resignation of Hosni Mubarak.

In February, groups like the Young Civil had demanded during a demonstration in Istanbul to return the Gaddafi Prize for Human Rights, which had been awarded in December 2010. "No time," Erdogan then settled in public. Even the opposition applauded then its ambiguity: it was evacuating 25,000 Turkish workers in Libya, an operation which Ankara needed the approval of the Gaddafi regime.

Risk angering the dictator meant to get caught between the fronts. After the evacuation, Ankara had been progressively aligned with the rebels sent humanitarian goods and offered to operate the airport in Benghazi. All because Turkey "shows a great sensitivity to Libya," said Erdogan now, describing the country as a "friend in the distance." Hammered "for us, Libya is not composed of oil wells but of souls." But you have to take sides in the conflict? "Our stance is to do a 'show' or make a profit, or show influences," said the prime minister.

"Our position on humanitarian Libya. We must not lose your cool. We have followed a policy extremely consistent and principled," he said, pointing to the humanitarian aid that Turkey had sent to the opposition and its "ongoing contacts" with the government Libyan. "We realized the power in Libya must take every opportunity to stop bloodshed and prevent massacres and meet the people's voice, but have not heard us," he said.

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