Turkey perplexed at French role in Libya strike: minister
Turkey's defence minister said Monday that Ankara was perplexed by France's leadership in air strikes on Libya, Anatolia news agency reported.
"It does not seem quite possible for us to understand France's being so much at the forefront in this action. We have difficulties in understanding (its action) as if it is the implementer of the UN resolution," Vecdi Gonul said, according to Anatolia.
"But then, it became clear that the United States holds the command," he said.
At a meeting in Brussels on Sunday, Turkey called for a review of NATO plans for Libya, stressing that civilians must be protected as the alliance mulled options in a possible role in a UN-mandated no-fly zone.
The Turkish envoy argued that things had changed after US, French and British forces launched strikes against Moamer Kadhafi's regime at the weekend, diplomats said.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he hopes the ongoing military operations will be over "as quickly as possible".
His country, NATO's sole Muslim-majority member, said Friday it was ready to contribute to international action in Libya in line with related UN resolutions, but is yet to announce a concrete plan.
© 2011 AFP