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Turkey blasts move for Libya sanctions

Turkey raised strong objections with regards to imposing sanctions on Libya

AFP , Saturday 26 Feb 2011
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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses at parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday 22 February 2011. (AP)
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Turkey's prime minister on Saturday raised strong objections to imposing sanctions on Libya, arguing that innocent people would suffer and accusing world powers of making "calculations" based on oil.

"Any intervention will make the process even more difficult. It will harm not the administration but the Libyan people. You cannot secure world peace by resorting to sanctions in each and every incident," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised public speech in Istanbul.

"We call on the international community to approach Libya not with concerns about oil but with conscience, justice and universal human values," he said.

"We call on the international community to stop making various calculations over Libya and work for a remedy to stop the suffering of the Libyan people," he said without elaborating.

Erdogan spoke after a telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama on Friday evening. Washington has already imposed personal sanctions on Libyan ruler Maummar Gaddafi and four of his sons.

The UN Security Council was to meet Saturday to consider a sanctions resolution against Gaddafi in a bid to halt his bloody crackdown against opposition protesters.

Britain, France, Germany and the United States have drawn up a resolution which says the attacks on civilians could amount to crimes against humanity. It calls for an arms embargo and a travel ban and assets freeze against Gaddafi and his entourage.

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mr smith
01-03-2011 12:25am
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the insanity of erdogan
is this guy for real, arabs are throwing off dictators and this guy is saying what. he is such a meglomaniac that he is angry becuse the eu and usa are not going through him inorder to facilitate momars retirement.
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john
27-02-2011 01:03am
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libya and oil
The Turkish Prime Minister is correct. It is oil not people that the West is concerned about. What hypocrites! Israel steals land oppresses a people for half a century and the US vetos a condemnation?
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Nikos Retsos
26-02-2011 05:49pm
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Turkey Blasts Move on Libya Sanctions
Well, I really like Tayyip Erdogan. And when it comes to the issue of Palestine, I see him as a brother! But he is certainly misguided on the Libya Situation. The U.N. Security Council must somehow try to weaken Gadhafi - especially now that he plans a killing spree to remain in power. I don't have any doubt that when Gadhafi is out of Libya -or dead, that is his choice, the Security Council will vacate all actions against Libya. But I hope that the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) will produce something substantial today to put Gadhafi on notice that he won't escape unpunished - if he slaughter more civilians. In addition to the expected asset freezing and embargoes, I would like to see a "no-fly zone" over Tripoli, and a referral to the International Criminal Court (ITC) to investigate Gadhafi, his son Saif, and his "Special Forces" -in which his son Al-Saadi is a colonel and top commander, that have done most of the civilian killing, for crimes against humanity. The Press Ass
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