Turkey's EU minister says military intervention in Libya may have fatal results
Turkey's state minister for the European Union (EU) and chief negotiator said on Thursday that a military intervention in Libya might have fatal results, Anadolu News Agency reported.
Egemen Bagis said first of all, diplomatic methods should be tested.
"The world should take lessons from what had happened in Iraq," Bagis said in an exclusive interview with the Portuguese "Diario de Noticias" newspaper.
Bagis underlined importance of creating an atmosphere of dialogue and compromise including Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi.
"The best thing for Libya is to stop bloodshed immediately, then we can discuss how we can contribute to stability and adoption of a regime wished by the Libyan people," Bagis said.
Bagis said Turkey did neither want a country comprised of different groups in Libya nor it wanted a civil war in that country.
"A compromise on a common future can be reached through dialogue," he also said.
According to unconfirmed reports, around 1,000 people have been killed in Libya during protests against Muammar al-Qadhafi's 42-year reign.
Commenting on Turkey's European Union (EU) accession process, Bagis said Turkey was a significant regional power for 27 EU member states and a bridge for peace, energy, trade and dialogue.
Bagis also said Turkey was getting less dependant on the EU each passing day, and EU's relations with Turkey were improving.3
Turkey became an EU candidate country in December 1999. The union launched accession talks with Turkey on October 3, 2005. The EU has so far opened 13 of the 35 chapter headings to negotiations with Turkey.