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FINANCIAL TIMES-ERDOGAN -British paper says Erdogan made most forceful interventions in Egypt incidents.

LONDON, Feb 2, 2011 (TUR) -- A British newspaper wrote on Tuesday that Turkey's prime minister had made the most forceful interventions in incidents in Egypt.

The Financial Times said that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had called on Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak to consider his legacy and listen to protesters' demands for change, in one of the most forceful interventions yet by any leader in the region.

The story posted on the newspaper's web-page by Delphine Strauss referred to Erdogan's remarks at the gathering of his Justice & Development (AK) Party at the parliament regarding Egypt.

"As unrest spreads across the Middle East, Turkey can take pride in its established democracy and relative stability," the paper wrote.

The newspaper wrote that critics said recent events had revealed the limits of Turkey's influence. "Ankara withdrew last month from efforts to mediate in Lebanon's constitutional crisis. It has been largely silent until now on the crisis in Egypt, a long-standing regional rival," it also said.

More than 100 people have died in seven days of protests aimed at ending Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's 30-years of rule.

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Publication:Anadolu (Eskisehir, Turkey)
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Date:Feb 2, 2011
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