Thursday, April 7, 2011

Turkey says working on "roadmap" to end Libya war

ANKARA (Agencies)

Turkish PM Erdogan asked Gaddafi to stop besieging cities held by protesters
Turkish PM Erdogan asked Gaddafi to stop
besieging cities held by protesters
(Al Arabiya) - Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey was working on a "roadmap" to end the war in Libya which would include a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Muammar Gaddafi's forces from some cities.

Turkey has held talks this week with envoys from Gaddafi's government and representatives of the opposition.

"We are working on the details of this road map," Erdogan said at a live news conference. It was not immediately clear if the two Libyan sides were discussing the terms of such a roadmap.

Erdogan asked Libyan leader Gaddafi to stop besieging cities held by protesters and withdraw.

"A real ceasefire should be settled immediately and military units of Gaddafi should remove the siege of some cities and withdraw back," Erdogan said.

He did not specify which cities he was referring to.

Erdogan also urged the creation of "secure humanitarian spaces" to allow the delivery of aid to the Libyan people.

He called for reforms to the political process.

"A comprehensible democratic transformation process that takes into account the legitimate interests of Libyan people should start immediately. The aim of this process should be to settle constitutional order that people freely elect their rulers," he said.