Turkish FM says Libya mission should be carried out under the UN responsibility
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday re-affirmed Turkey's opposition to place UN-led military operations in Libya under NATO's control, Anadolu Agency reported.
"The Libyan operation should be carried out under the UN's umbrella and it is the UN which should make the decisions. Countries might be willing to participate in the multinational effort upon UN's call," Davutoglu told a televised interview on news channel, CNN Turk.
Davutoglu said Turkey "closely and actively" monitored discussions over a NATO's possible involvement, adding that any such involvement could only happen on UN's lead.
"There is a framework already drawn up by the UN. Any NATO operation outside that framework would not be legitimate," he said.
Responding to a question whether Turkey would contribute to the military operation in Libya, Davutoglu said "Turkey would never point a weapon on any of its Libyan brothers."
The Turkish foreign minister said his Bahraini and UAE counterparts were set to arrive in Ankara on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, adding that Turkey held talks with the countries of the region to ward off any heightened tensions.
"There is a risk that a factional conflict could erupt in Bahrain. We are trying to make sure that won't happen," Davutoglu said.