Europe

Turkey insists on no-fly zone in Syria, NATO non-committal

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg shake hands before a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, .(Yasin Bulbul/Pool Photo via AP)

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg shake hands before a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, .(Yasin Bulbul/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speak to the media after their talks in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Cavusoglu repeated a call for a no-fly zone over northern Syria that would boost security and allow more refugees to return home while enabling more local troops to be trained in their fight against Islamic State group fighters. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speak to the media after their talks in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Cavusoglu repeated a call for a no-fly zone over northern Syria that would boost security and allow more refugees to return home while enabling more local troops to be trained in their fight against Islamic State group fighters. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media during a joint news conference with Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after their talks in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Cavusoglu repeated a call for a no-fly zone over northern Syria that would boost security and allow more refugees to return home while enabling more local troops to be trained in their fight against Islamic State group fighters. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media during a joint news conference with Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after their talks in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Cavusoglu repeated a call for a no-fly zone over northern Syria that would boost security and allow more refugees to return home while enabling more local troops to be trained in their fight against Islamic State group fighters. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's foreign minister has repeated a call for a no-fly zone over northern Syria to boost security and allow more refugees to return home while enabling more local troops to be trained in their fight against Islamic State group fighters.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters after talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Friday that newly trained local troops would be essential to retake territory from IS troops in places such as Raqqa and Mosul. He conceded that establishing a no-fly zone would require U.N. Security Council authorization.

Stoltenberg skirted a question whether NATO supports a no-fly zone. But he underscored that training local troops to take the fight to IS would be critical instead of the alliance having to deploy any large military contingent.