Friday, 11 March 2011
Turks Say They Will Only Back No-Fly Zone With UN Mandate
The Turks are trying to weasel out of their opposition to a NATO-led no-fly zone being imposed on Libya. Having previously threatened to veto any NATO action, they now realise that leaves them in an uncomfortably isolated position. So they have dreamed up a new wheeze to justify their opposition: they'll support the no-fly zone but only if it is approved by the UN. Of course they know Russia or China will veto the proposal in the UN so it will never happen. But at least the Turks have some diplomatic cover.