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.
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.
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.
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Turkish foreign policy: Erdogan’s lament
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 .
Le Monde (France), 7 avril 2011, p. 16
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?