Erdoğan: No Syria no-fly zone without UN approval

October 31, 2012, Wednesday/ 17:41:00

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday opposed any no-fly zone over Syria's north unless the UN Security Council approves such a decision.

"Unless the UN Security Council makes this decision, we do not have such authority or the right to impose a no-fly zone,” Erdoğan said. He added that a no-fly zone imposed over Iraq's north incurred a “heavy cost.”

“We don't want to pay the same price in Syria,” he said.

The no-fly zone over Iraq's north was imposed after the Gulf War of 1991 to protect the Kurds in northern Iraq, practically resulting in an emergence of a Kurdish autonomous zone in northern Iraq.

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