Turkey opposes any NATO operation in Libya

ISTANBUL, March 14 Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:56am EDT

ISTANBUL, March 14 (Reuters) - Any NATO military operation in Libya would be unhelpful and fraught with risk, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday as France tried to whip up support among Western powers to impose a no-fly zone.

"We have seen from other examples that foreign interventions, especially military interventions, only deepen the problem," Erdogan said at a conference in Istanbul.

"Therefore we see a NATO military intervention in another country as extremely unbeneficial and, moreover, are concerned that it could create dangerous results," said Erdogan, whose country is the only Muslim member of NATO.

(Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; Writing by Simon Cameron-Moore; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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