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Turkish president says intervention in Libya decided only by UN

03-15-2011 16:19 BJT

ANKARA, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Monday any military intervention in Libya could only be decided by the United Nations Security Council, rejecting a role played by NATO in such actions.

"We believe that anything that could be done should merely be the result of a UN decision under the framework of international law and legitimacy," Gul told a joint press conference with visiting Croatian President Ivo Josipovic.

He also voiced objection to an intervention by NATO in Libya, where deadly conflicts continue following anti-government protests that swept the country last month.

"It is not appropriate for NATO to intervene directly against Libya. Moreover, the Libyan people, government and opposition forces do not want foreign soldiers in their country," Gul said.

Earlier on Monday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the two-day Leaders of Change Summit in Istanbul that Turkey objects NATO military intervention against Libya, saying that military does not help find solution in that country.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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