Gul: "There's nı place for closed regimes in the mediterranean"
There is no place for closed regimes in the Mediterranean, said President Abdullah Gul yesterday. For this reason, he added, speaking during a visit to Indonesia, "Democracy will come to the entire region." Touching on Turkey's relations with Libya, Gul said that Ankara is ready to whatever it can to help reach and maintain a cease-fire there. "First of all, there is a need to end the bloodshed in Libya and to prevent it from becoming divided and its infrastructure destroyed," Gul said at a joint press conference following talks with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. In a joint statement, both presidents called for an urgent cease-fire monitored via a "United Nations presence." In the statement, they "stressed the importance of the preservation of the sovereignty, national unity, and territorial integrity of Libya." It added, "In this connection, the two presidents underscored the need for an immediate and effective cease-fire and an end to hostilities to bring about a complete end to the violence against long-suffering innocent civilians."