Monday, 21 March 2011

Turkey Tries to Shift its Stance on Libya and Hopes No One Notices

Even after the resolution was passed in the Security Council, the Turks were still bleating about acting as mediators with their usual carpet-seller spiel about acting as a bridge between West and East. Now, however, they are feeling a little left out in the cold and trying to shift their position closer to the western camp of nations and hope that no one notices how isolated they were.

Turkey is changing its tune on intervention in Libya, saying it will make the necessary contributions to the no-fly zone it previously opposed amid hints that it might participate in a possible NATO operation to stop the crisis in the North African country. Libyan leader Gadhafi had been 'warned... to respect his people's will,' Turkey's prime minister says.

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