Turkey: NATO can 'pressure' Gaddafi into Libya truce

March 29, 2011 08:43


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LONDON - NATO should use its muscle when needed to ensure forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi stop attacks on civilians and implement a ceasefire, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned before a London conference on Libya on Tuesday.

"For that purpose, of course, there should be more pressure," Davutoglu told journalists who accompanied him to Britain for the meeting.Protecting the Libyan people so they can choose their own future is a bigger priority than forcing Gaddafi from power, he added.

Agreement on NATO taking full control of military operations over Libya had been delayed by Turkish concerns about civilian casualties.

Davutoglu said he expected technical preparations for NATO to take over the mission to be completed in one or two days. US President Barack Obama said in a televised speech on Libya that NATO would take over full command from American forces on Wednesday.

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