The Address | Benghazi – Libya
CAIRO – Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides stressed that Turkey’s military intervention in Libya was a cause for great concern, warning that it is stabilizing an already turbulent situation.
In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, he said the meddling will have dangerous repercussions on Libyan, regional and European security.
Ankara’s decision to send troops to Libya in support of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord only adds fuel to the fire and undermines the international community’s efforts to reach a peaceful solution, continued the minister.
He expressed Cyprus’ alarm over the growing evidence of the deployment of Syrian and foreign terrorist mercenaries in Tripoli.
The United Nations and last month’s Berlin conference on Libya highlighted the foreign meddling and the blatant and systematic violation of the UN arms embargo against the North African country, Christodoulides added. They were singled out as the greatest obstacles hindering the political process.
He slammed in this regard ongoing statements from Turkey about the deployment of forces in Libya, saying that they are only stoking the conflict and hampering international peace efforts.