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Monday, March 21, 2011

Turkey vetoes NATO action in Libya

Turkey has vetoed NATO's participation in establishing a no-fly zone in Libya, they have made it clear that they are not happy with the operation (Hat Tip: Joshua I). The countries that are acting there are acting individually.
Turkish State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınç said that Turkey did not join the international operation against Libya.

When asked by journalists whether Turkey would take part in the air strike against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces, Arınç said, "the prime minister and the foreign minister have already indicated earlier that Turkey did not join the operation. A crisis desk has been established at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to follow developments."

"We hope that situation will back to normal in Libya as soon as possible," he told reporters.

"There are several countries which came into prominence in implementing the UN resolution. Turkey fulfils its responsibilities. We wish that the United Nations had made such resolutions and countries had taken action in the face of incidents in Gaza, Palestine and the other regions," he concluded.
Israel Radio reported at 5:00 am that Turkey has vetoed NATO participation in the Libyan action - the countries that are acting there are doing so individually. What could go wrong?

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5 Comments:

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Sparky the Wonder Dog said...

"Israel Radio reported at 5:00 am that Turkey has vetoed NATO participation in the Libyan action - the countries that are acting there are doing so individually."

But as those countries are the heavy hitters in NATO, NATO just said, ok we won't do it, and then went out and did it anyways and ditched Turkey, using individual command and control facilities. In the future that could mean that Turkey tries to obstruct NATO and turn it towards Islamist appeasement and is more successful at that, or NATO continues to work around Turkey, or NATO does a reset and Turkey is cut out. Eventually the Rolling Stones ditched Brian Jones.

I am surprised that France representing NATO and Obama's advisors dragged the President into an internationalism more muscular than Micawberlike and passive. New dynamics of power might mean Turkey's thuggish spoiler role will be clipped but also poses dangers for Israel.

 
At 10:04 PM, Blogger Sparky the Wonder Dog said...

Latest news from President Obama is that NATA command structure will take over the "no fly" operation.

 
At 3:28 AM, Blogger Cheradenine Zakalwe said...

Turkish ministers also made some fairly bizarre comments about France:

"It seems impossible for us to understand France being so prominent in this process. We are having difficulty in understanding it being like the enforcer of United Nations' decisions," Turkey's Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul told reporters.

Hopefully this episode will lead to Turkey being kicked out of NATO and will spell the end of its aspirations to join the EU.

 
At 5:30 AM, Blogger MUSHI said...

it means that israel must recapitulate, recognize that it's alone in the world, and act knowing that fact.

to depend on any country in the world, for the defense of the state it's pure maddness.

best regards.

 
At 6:18 AM, Blogger Russel Harris said...

Interesting. Turkey is itching for a chance to take on Israel... with Allied help of course, cluck cluck went the Turkey

 

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