Turkey reiterates bloodshed in Libya should end
Laaska News May 7,2011
ANKARA, May 6 (Xinhua) — Turkey on Friday reiterated its call for an end of bloodshed as soon as possible in Libya, which has been scarred by deadly unrest after protests against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi swept the country.
“We have already carried out talks to see whether a common ground could be found between the clashing parties in Libya. Turkey expects ceasefire to prevail in the country soon,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Selcuk Unal was quoted by Anatolia news agency as saying.
The only Islamic country in NATO, Turkey, has repeatedly voiced its opposition since West-led air strikes began. However, after days of negotiation, all NATO member states, including Turkey, agreed to take over command of the military operations against Libya.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month proposed a road map to end the war in Libya which would include a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Gaddafi’s forces from besieged cities.
The road map was assessed by international parties and related sides at Thursday’s meeting of the Contact Group on Libya in Italy ‘s Rome, Unal said.
A third meeting of the Contact Group was planned to take place in the United Arab Emirates at the end of the month and another meeting would later take place in Turkey but a definite date was not set yet, he said.
Commenting on conflicts in Syria, Unal said sanctions on Syria would not bring expected benefits, reiterating Turkey’s hope for immediate reforms to be carried out by the Syrian government.