Khalifa Haftar: Turkey transfers mercenaries from Syria to Libya
MOSCOW, (BM) – The government of national consent of Libya and Turkey used the armistice in Libya to transfer mercenaries from Syria, the commander of the Libyan National Army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“A temporary truce is used by Turkey and the Sarraj government to transport large numbers of Syrian mercenaries, Turkish soldiers, terrorists and weapons to Tripoli by sea and by air. This is a violation of the ceasefire. We reserve the right to respond to these violations,” said Haftar.
After the overthrow and assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya virtually ceased to function as a single state. Dual power reigns in the country now. The parliament elected by the people sits in the east, and in the west, in the capital Tripoli, it is governed by the Government of National Accord, formed with the support of the UN and the European Union.
The authorities of the eastern part of the country operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with the army of Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
In Berlin on January 19, an international conference on Libya was held with the participation of Russia, the USA, Turkey, Egypt and several other countries, as well as the EU and the UN.
The main outcome of the conference was an appeal by its participants to a ceasefire in Libya and an obligation to refrain from interfering in the conflict, observing the embargo on the supply of arms to the parties. In addition, participants in the meeting proposed the establishment of a ceasefire monitoring committee.
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