Turkey Calls for Gaddafi's Resignation

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The president of Turkey says Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi must step down to prevent further escalation of the conflict. Here's more.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul is calling on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to resign.

Gul told reporters on Wednesday that stepping down would prevent further violence and avoid more intervention by foreign powers.

[Abdullah Gul, President of Turkey]:
"It is very important for Turkey that the situation in Libya ends soon without further bloodshed. Those who run Libya must step down immediately to keep the country from being plundered by others."

The Turkish president criticized the escalation of intervention by coalition forces now operating in Libya. He also hinted that they might be pursuing a hidden agenda.

[Abdullah Gul, President of Turkey]:
"Those who until yesterday were closest to the dictators and took action that even their own people did not approve of in order to take advantage of these dictators, display excessive behavior today which raise the suspicion of secret intentions."

Turkey, a Muslim state and a NATO member, says the air campaign over Libya has already gone beyond the scope of last week's U.N. Security Council resolution.

Analysts say the Libyan crisis has highlighted conflicting interests in Turkey's foreign policy.

Ankara is trying to look after its growing business ties in the region while at the same time does not want to end up on the wrong side of history.

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