The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ANKARA – Turkey’s “guarantees” in Libya are dependent on a truce between warring sides being upheld, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.
Since April last year, the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has been battling militias allied with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). These militias have been the main source of chaos and instability in the capital since the overthrow of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
The conflict saw a grave escalation last December when GNA’s Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj signed a military deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which paved the way for Ankara to send some of its troops as well as Syrian mercenaries to Tripoli.
Speaking to state broadcaster TRT Haber, Cavusoglu said the “international system” had failed to stop clashes in Libya and that there was no determination. He accused LNA of violating the ceasefire.
Cavusoglu’s remarks came few days after the European Union agreed to establish a mission to block the entry of weapons into Libya.
Erdogan on Wednesday criticized the EU’s decision, accusing European nations that agreed to launch the new operation of “interfering in the region”.
According to Amnesty International, Turkey has been the main supplier of weapons to Tripoli.