Turkish leader: Gaddafi should exit now

posted by
May 4, 2011
The New York Times    
Posted in News, PND News

"In his harshest comments to date on the situation in Libya, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, a regional power broker, told reporters here yesterday that Moammar Khadafy had chosen 'blood, tears, oppression’ and that he must 'immediately step down.’ Turkey has historical and business ties to Libya, and during more than two months of conflict it has tried to act as an intermediary between Khadafy’s government and the rebels seeking his ouster. As a result, each side has accused Turkey of favoring the other, or of hedging its bets. But yesterday, Erdogan appeared to draw a line, saying during a televised news conference that Khadafy had violently resisted calls for change and that he must leave power for the good of the country and the Libyan people." (05/04/11)


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