Turkish Embassy Reopens in Libya's Tripoli

World | September 3, 2011, Saturday // 15:20|  views

A file photo dated September 1, 2009, shows the defiant Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi dressed his military uniform viewing a parade to mark the 40th anniversary of the Libyan Revolution in Tripoli. EPA/BGNES

The Turkish Ambassador in Tripoli, upon his return to Libya, appealed to troubled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and his family to turn themselves in.

"We expect the Gaddafi family to turn themselves in to face Libyan justice. They have no other choice," Ali Kemal Aydina , who promised to help Libya in its transition to democracy, is quoted saying. He further stated that it is a dire emergency to prevent any future bloodshed.

The Ambassador explained that since the beginning of the conflict Ankara had asked Gaddafi and his family to agree on the move, but they failed to follow the advice. He pointed out that Turkey would not in any way become a negotiator between the Gaddafi regime and the rebel opposition government of the Transitional National Council, NTC.

The Turkish diplomat informed that he had arrived along with 25 others in Tripoli Friday and announced the restart of all activities of the Turkish Embassy after it was closed in the beginning of May.

"I am very pleased to reassume my work as Ambassador of Turkey in a new, democratic Libya," he said.

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