Paris accused Ankara of using NATO for its ‘unacceptable policy’ in Libya

PARIS, (BM) – Paris, which is seen as a supporter of Haftar, hardened the tone of Ankara’s intervention in Libya, criticizing its “unacceptable” interventionism and saying France could not remain indifferent, learned according the the Elysee Palace statement and citing Dnevnik.

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France, which has been increasingly attacking Turkey’s regional ambitions for months, is outraged by “Turkey’s increasingly aggressive and unyielding policy with the seven Turkish ships stationed off the coast of Libya and the violation of the arms embargo.”

“The Turks are behaving unacceptably by instrumentalizing NATO, and France cannot remain indifferent,” the presidential office added. Emmanuel Macron is already discussing the issue with US President Donald Trump this week, and “views will be exchanged on the subject with NATO partners on the ground in the coming weeks,” the Elysee Palace added.

The French president has already expressed regret over the silence of NATO, of which Turkey is a member, over Turkey’s military offensives against Kurdish militias in Syria, allies of the West in the fight against terrorism in Syria. Then, in November, he said NATO was “brain dead”.

On Friday, the EU asked for NATO support to enforce the arms embargo in Libya after the Turkish military obstructed the inspection of a suspicious ship.

The presence of offshore gas fields in the region is sharpening appetites. In November, Turkey reached a contested agreement with Libyan authorities to explore hydrocarbon reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

Along with many coastal countries, Greece has criticized the Turkish-Libyan agreement, which significantly widens Turkey’s continental plateau. In addition, Ankara recently carried out exploratory drilling near Cyprus, sparking protests from neighboring countries – Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, as well as the EU, which threatened Turkey with sanctions, AFP added.

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 Sarraj, 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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