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Conte: I asked Erdogan not to launch a military operation in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ROME – On Saturday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that a no-fly zone over Libya could contribute to stopping hostilities in this country.

“We are facing a reality that consists not only of two armies, but also of militias and tribes as well, which indicates a massive dispersion and no basis for the perception that there is a military solution capable of bringing stability to Libya within weeks,” Conte told reporters in Rome.

He added that Italy was expecting the conflict in Libya to develop into a proxy war, pointing out that this development will only lead to excluding the possibility of a ceasefire, expressing his conviction that a no-fly zone over Libya could be an appropriate tool to achieve this goal.

Conte confirmed that he had urgently asked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his talks with him to refrain from launching a ground operation in Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez Al-Sarraj.

The Italian Prime Minister made it clear that the Turkish operation would open the way to a massive military escalation that would lead to large numbers of civilian casualties and would not allow anyone to win.

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