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Libyan minister to take Turkish peace plan to Gaddafi

by Chris McGreal, Seumas Milne, Harriet Sherwood

Rebels also ‘positive’ about three-point plan after separate meeting with Turkish officials

Turkey has proposed a path to a peaceful resolution to the deadlocked conflict in Libya, involving a withdrawal by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces from cities held by the rebels, and democratic reform.

 

Turkey proposes roadmap for Libya Peace

Turkey’s PM proposed a roadmap for peace in Libya urging Gaddafi forces to withdraw from besieged cities.

 

Turkey working on roadmap for peace in Libya, says PM Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges Gaddafi forces to withdraw from cities, and calls for comprehensive democratic change

Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has proposed a roadmap for peace in Libya, urging forces aligned with Muammar Gaddafi to withdraw from besieged cities, and calling for the establishment of humanitarian aid corridors and comprehensive democratic change.

Libya: popular revolt, military intervention , Martin Shaw

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Martin Shaw
The changing dynamics of the Libyan conflict highlight the contradictions of “humanitarian intervention” when pressed to serve the western way of war, says Martin Shaw.

In mid-February 2011, the protests which began the Libyan revolution seemed to demonstrate the unstoppable progress of people power. It seemed that even Gaddafi?s kleptocratic and personalised regime – which unlike Tunisia or Egypt never allowed space for civil society – might fall to the new mass-demonstration movement. By early April, after an exceptionally swift national and international military escalation, Libya has shown the limits of popular revolt against a regime which is prepared to use all the means at its disposal to prevent change.

 

Libya and Iraq: a long war?s risk, Paul Rogers

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Paul Rogers
Both the west and the Gaddafi regime are assessing the prospect of a military stalemate in Libya. In any extended campaign, United States-Israel cooperation could offer Tripoli an unexpected gift.

Turkey has to focus on its ?nation brand’

by M.A.M

The GfK Group is the No. 4 market research organization worldwide. Its activities cover the three business sectors of Custom Research, Retail and Technology and Media. The Group has 115 companies covering over 100 countries. Of around 10,000 employees (as of September 30, 2008), more than 80% are based outside Germany. The Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index includes a large-scale international study that measures perceptions of 50 countries and 50 cities each year via a survey of more than 25,000 respondents from 26 countries. ?A large number of governments use this brand index to track their international standing and monitor progress.

Mavi Boncuk | Turkey has to focus on its ?nation brand,? advisor says

Friday, April 1, 2011 | CANSU CERAN| ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News (Edited Text)

The Canadian Press: Turkey slams Argentine judge ruling that accuses Turkey of committing ‘Armenian genocide’

Turkish foreign policy: Erdogan’s lament
The Economist
It does not help that American diplomatic cables just published by WikiLeaks have shown that Turkey’s Incirlik airbase was used by the CIA to move Muslim detainees under Mr Erdogan’s watch. Meanwhile, a fresh crisis is brewing as anti-government .

Les entrepreneurs turcs misent sur le potentiel de l?Afrique

by acturca

Le Monde (France), 7 avril 2011, p. 16

Guillaume Perrier

Sur la plage à Libreville, Abdullah Gül, en manches de chemise, pantalon retroussé, pieds nus dans le sable et accoudé à une pirogue, a improvisé une discussion avec un pêcheur gabonais, le 27 mars. Le cliché a été publié à la  » une  » de la presse turque le lendemain et a fait autant pour le rapprochement entre la Turquie et l?Afrique que les accords de coopération et les contrats signés le même jour au palais présidentiel.

Turkey is a crucial ally. To snub it is sheer folly

by acturca

The Times (UK), 28 March 2011, p. 20

Jack Straw *

As the coalition takes stock of the Libya operation, it must use Ankara?s growing influence. Turks do not appreciate insouciance. Nicolas Sarkozy?s one visit as President of France to Turkey lasted five hours. It was the first by a French president in 20 years. Nonetheless the French went out of their way to emphasise that their elected monarch had only dropped by in his capacity as president of the G20, not on a bilateral visit.

This Spring won?t breed any more Turkeys

by acturca

The Times (UK), 5 April 2011, p. 1-19

Norman Stone *

A slow, draconian process of modernisation and a hostile attitude to Islam is no model for the Arab world

Odd to think, but we are at the 100th anniversary of an event involving Libya that precipitated a world war. In October 1911, the Italians invaded the Turkish possession; the defeat of the weakened Turks encouraged the Balkan nations to attack the last outposts of the Ottoman Empire in Europe, ultimately ending in the outbreak of the First World War.

No ifs or buts, Turkey must be part of the EU

by acturca

The Times (UK), 8 November 2010, p. 1-18

Jack Straw *

Cyprus is just an excuse for those who cannot stomach the accession of a Muslim country

The most important strategic decision facing the EU is its future relationship with Turkey. The UK?s position has long been clear and bipartisan ? full Turkish membership of the EU as soon as possible. David Cameron told the Commons in June that ?we should back [Turkey’s membership] wholeheartedly?. Britain?s unambiguous support for Turkey will be underscored by the visit of Abdullah Gül, its President, this week, with the award to him tomorrow by the Queen of the Chatham House Prize.

 

Turkey, the new Ottomans

by acturca

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (Italia), 4 April 2011           Français Italiano

Alberto Tetta

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) seized power in Turkey eight years ago, and is likely to win the next general elections, scheduled for 12 June. The political analyst Hamit Bozarslan * shows us what in his view are the roots of the strength behind Erdogan?s party.

How has Turkey changed since 8 years ago, when the Akp won the elections for the first time?

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