Turkey Will Run Benghazi Airport, Prime Minister Says

March 28, 2011 - 6:25 AM

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seen here meeting with President Obama in Ankara on Monday, April 6, 2009, made clear Turkey’s objections to further sanctions against Iran. (AP Photo)

Ankara, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's prime minister says his country will take over the running of the airport in Benghazi to facilitate the transport of humanitarian aid to Libya.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking to reporters Monday, did not say when NATO's only Muslim member would assume control.

Turkey has contributed four frigates and a submarine to the enforcement of the U.N. arms embargo on Libya.

Erdogan said Turkey would also participate in the enforcement of the no-fly zone but would not take part in ground attacks.

He said Turkey would never use "guns or bullets" against Libyans.