Military operations in Libya must comply with international laws: Turkey

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday the military intervention in Libya should be conducted within international laws.

Procedures under international laws had not been followed during the foreign intervention operations in Libya, the minister told reporters here.

He said Turkey supports UN Security Council’s resolution on Libya but “that decision does not aim to start a comprehensive war. ”

“It should not be a long war such as that in Afghanistan or Iraq,” said Davutoglu.

The UN Security Council last week passed a resolution on endorsing a no-fly zone and authorizing “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya.

France, Britain and the United States, also NATO members, have been carrying out air strikes on Libyan targets since Saturday. Ankara is uncomfortable with foreign military intervention in Libya and has objected NATO intervention in the unrest-torn country.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said military operation in Libya should be concluded as soon as possible.

“If NATO is joining a military operation in Libya, it must do so with the recognition and acknowledgement that Libya belongs to the Libyans, not for the distribution of its underground resources and wealth,” Erdogan said during his visit in Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Following a marathon run of meetings in Brussels, NATO ambassadors failed to agree on how the alliance would participate in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya on Sunday.


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