US expert says Turkey’s three-step plan regarding Libya worth considering

April 29, 2011, Friday/ 17:33:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Political scientists from the US-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said on Thursday that Turkey’s three-point plan for Libya is worth considering. Henri Barkey defined the plan as “interesting” and “serious” in a Q&A posted on the think tank’s webpage. “While Turkey is late to the party, the three-point plan is still an interesting and serious idea that is worth considering,” Barkey said.

He said Turkey was an important commercial power, but its economic well-being was largely dependent on exports. “This means that when Turkey designs its foreign policy, it has to be mindful of its commercial interests and investments,” Barkey said.

He said Libya’s civil war was a serious crisis for Turkey, and at the onset of the fighting, there were around 25,000 Turkish workers in Libya and billions of dollars’ worth of contracts, particularly in the construction sector. The three-point plan includes the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to allow assistance to enter, a cease-fire in the cities surrounded by the regime’s military forces, and negotiations that will lead to some kind of democratic transition.

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