Turkey says Gaddafi’s death a bitter lesson for autocrats

October 21, 2011, Friday/ 00:00:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Turkey's Foreign Ministry issued a statement Thursday saying that the fate of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi and his four-decade autocratic regime is a “bitter lesson” which should be paid attention to in all its dimensions, in the face of change and democratic transformation in the region.

“The death of Gaddafi is a historic turning point that will spawn a new era in Libya, and should be a bitter lesson for autocratic regimes in other places,” a statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Upon receiving news of Gaddafi's death, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of Libya's governing body, the National Transitional Council, and welcomed the victory in the Libyan people's righteous struggle for freedom, justice and democracy, the statement further noted.

During the conversation, Abdel Jalil also expressed his condolences to Erdoğan for the death of 24 Turkish soldiers on Wednesday as a result of a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) attack in the southeastern province of Hakkari. He further expressed his gratitude to the Turkish prime minister for his support to the Libyan people, according to the statement.

The ministry's statement urged Gaddafi's relatives and members of the ousted regime to turn themselves in to justice immediately, to stop further bloodshed in Libya.

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