LNA is considering the Turkish ‘occupation forces as legitimate goals’
TRIPOLI, (BM) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) is considering the Turkish occupation forces as “legitimate goals,” learned BulgarianMilitary.com according the LNA spokesman Major General Ahmed al-Mismari statement on May 11.
“The Turkish forces present in Libya are occupying, so they and their Syrian mercenaries are a legitimate target during army operations,” al-Mismari said.
According to him, the purpose of the presence of Turkish military units in Libya raises a question. He also noted that in fact the war with Turkey began in 2014.
Recall, earlier, on May 10, the Turkish Foreign Ministry accused the LNA of attacks on civilians, including diplomatic facilities in Tripoli. Turkish officials said that if attacks on Turkish troops by the LNA continue, and if the interests of Turkey in Libya are endangered, the LNA will become the “legitimate target” of the Turkish troops.
Libyan civil war
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).
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