Turkey joins Nato operations

2011-03-28 19:04

Istanbul - Turkey will be taking over Libya's Benghazi airport to organize humanitarian assistance in the country as part of the Nato-led multinational task force, the Anatolia Agency reported on Monday.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had agreed to three tasks within the scope of the Nato mission in the strife- torn North African country.

"One is to run the Benghazi airport for the co-ordination of humanitarian assistance. We will also take part in monitoring the airspace and deploy Turkish naval forces on the corridor between Crete and Benghazi," Erdogan said at a news conference in Ankara before leaving on an official trip to Iraq.

After previously having expressed strong opposition to taking part in any intervention in Libya, Turkey said on Thursday that it supported Nato taking over the United Nations-backed operation and would be contributing four frigates, a submarine and an auxiliary ship.

- SAPA
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