Thousands of Turkish soldiers in Libya threaten European security – LNA
TRIPOLI, (BM) – Turkey’s control of territories 2,000 km south of Europe would pose a real threat to European security and shipping in the Mediterranean, spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mesmari, said in an interview with Egyptian newspaper Al Shorouk, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Al-Mesmari said there are between 2,500 and 3,000 Turkish troops in Libya, who are directing the fighting in Libya. He also noted that the Egyptian army is now ready to contain the Turks anywhere, be it the Mediterranean or Libyan territory.
Al-Mesmari also indicated that Trutsia’s role in Libya will negatively affect Europe, this will have implications for European security and European interests in the region.
The Major General also said: “Field conditions in the area of Al-Jufra and in Sirte are completely calm, Libyan troops are stationed west of the city of Sirte, as well as west and north-west of the city of Al-Jufra.” He stressed that all defense lines are fortified in such a way that it was possible to resist any attempts by Tripoli mercenaries to approach Sirte.
Al-Mesmari confirmed that Turkey has transported tens of thousands of foreign mercenaries and terrorists, adding: “Now we are talking about more than 20,000 terrorists, some of them have already returned to Syria, there are groups that have fled to Italy, and I think that now there are between 13,000 and 15,000 foreign mercenaries from Syria, Chad, Africa and other countries.”
Regarding the negotiations under the auspices of the UN, the general explained that so far there was no information on the date of their holding, but the general command set very important conditions for these negotiations, namely: the departure of Turks and foreign mercenaries, the disbandment of militants and the fight against terrorism, as well as the complete exclusion of Turkish President Erdogan from the solution of the Libyan crisis.
Libyan civil war
Having ruled the country since 1969, Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in the 2011 civil war. As a result, the country found itself in a situation of dual power: in the east, a parliament is sitting in Tobruk, supported by the Libyan national army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and in the west, in Tripoli, a government of national accord.
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).
At the same time, the GNA is actively supporting Turkey, and Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on the side of the LNA. Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE.
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