Statement On Libya By He Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Of The Republic Of Turkey
7 April 2011
7 April 2011
Distinguished Members of the Press,
I would like to take this opportunity to make an overall assessment as regards the recent developments in
First of all, I need to express the deep concern and sorrow with which we are following the pain and plight that our Libyan brothers have to endure during these hard times.
As I have underlined on so many occasions, the Turkish and Libyan peoples are tied to each other with strong bonds of brotherhood, in addition to the fact that our countries share a common history and culture.
In light of the recent developments in
The fundamental purpose of our policy regarding
In this framework, it is important that the attacks against the people come to a halt and that the transition is concluded in line with the general acceptance of the people.
Therefore, from the onset, we have strived to take all necessary steps, without any hesitation.
I want to underline this once more: While doing this, we carry no hidden agenda. Our sole agenda is to guarantee the unity and well-being of
For us, a drop of a Libyan blood is more valuable than billion Dollars-worth of oil wells.
Wherever they may be in
Human rights and justice are not voluntary favors that can be bestowed on people. These are sacred values that every human being is entitled to. They cannot be disregarded nor can they be suppressed by political motivations.
Just as we cannot tolerate the violations of fundamental human rights or endure the suppression of justice, we cannot remain silent in the face of blood-letting and the loss of lives.
Our all efforts are aimed at directing the process in such a way to serve the well-being and welfare of the Libyan people.
Just as we struggle, day and night, to stop the spilling of blood in
Recently, we have sent the
This operation was undertaken with the use of our military and civil units and under immense security risks that nobody else could have easily taken. We continue to treat the wounded in our hospitals. Until they are fully recovered, they will be our guests. We will continue with these aid operations in the future.
In this regard, we want the NATO operation to be conducted efficiently, in line with the directives drawn out by the UN Security Council resolutions and accepted by consensus by the NATO Council. On the other hand, we actively participate in the implementation of the arms embargo as well as the provision of humanitarian aid to the Libyan people. Following the establishment of a genuine ceasefire in
I would like to call upon my brothers from
From the outset, we have heavily criticized interventions against people who demand rights and justice. We have sincerely strived towards overcoming the difficulties you are going through. We will continue to support your legitimate demands and strive to prevent the injustices to which you are exposed.
It is regrettable to witness today the defamatory campaigns of certain power centers against
You should know that the Turkish people always stand by the side of the right and the rightful.
I would also like to call upon my brothers from
I have a request from my brothers from
I would like to call on the Libyan administration from this platform:
As I have told you in person from the very beginning, it is high time for you to shoulder your historical responsibility in order to open the way for a transition towards constitutional democracy in which people would be able to elect their leaders with their free will..
It is of vital importance for the well-being of your country that you respond positively to the appeals of your people and the international community.
Listen to those calls and take the necessary steps urgently.
Distinguished Members of the Press,
We are conveying such messages to all groups and parties in
I dispatched Ambassador Ömür Şölendil to
My Special Envoy held fruitful talks with Mr. Abdülcelil, Head of the Libya National Transition Council and other Council members. In my message, I underlined that the brotherly Turkish people will always stand by them and have invited them to visit
As a result of these contacts, we have started working on a Road Map that envisages a peaceful transition process and protects the territorial integrity and sovereignty of
1.A genuine ceasefire should be established immediately and the forces affiliated with Qaddafi should lift the siege they impose on certain cities and withdraw from them.
2.Secure humanitarian zones should be established to provide unimpeded humanitarian aid to all our Libyan brothers indiscriminately.
3.A comprehensive democratic change and transformation process that takes into consideration the legitimate interests of all Libyan people must be launched immediately and urgently. This process should aim at establishing a constitutional democracy in which people would be able to elect their leaders with their free will.
In this framework, we are working on the details of this Road Map with a view to establishing a genuine ceasefire in
We intend to share this plan, which we have been developing in consultation with the leading members of the international community, with our partners, including regional and international organizations such as the UN, EU, African Union, League of Arab States and OIC, at the Libya Contact Group meeting which will take place in
We believe that H.E. Khatip, UN Special Representative for
Our people will always stand by the brotherly Libyan people and will work together with our Libyan brothers for the future of
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