Pro-Erdogan journalist claims Turkey can annex Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ANKARA – A tweet by a Turkish journalist close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed Turkey’s true intentions behind its interference in Libyan affairs and sending mercenaries to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) to fight against the Libyan National Army (LNA).

Hacı Yakışıklı, who works for Akit TV, tweeted on Wednesday that a hundred Turkish NGOs specializing in international law “have confirmed” that Turkey can annex Crete and 12 Greek islands, in addition to Libya, Mosul, Kirkuk, Crimea and Western Thrace, if it files lawsuits before international courts.

“These territories can join Turkey again!,” he said.

This tweet of a journalist close to the Turkish regime reveals the depth of Turkey’s intentions and the ambitions of its President Erdogan, who seeks to draw a new map for his country that includes Libya as historical parts of the Ottoman Empire.

Erdogan is working to achieve this by supporting armed groups controlling Tripoli, which LNA is seeking to liberate to restore the Libyan state sovereignty over all of its territory.

Erdogan had previously sent political signals a through his speeches regarding Libya as a region of influence or part of the new Turkey and that the Turks lost it after World War I and it is now time to restore it.

“Leader Kemal Ataturk was a fighter with the Ottoman army in Libya, and he was fighting there on the fronts, so today we must be there and fight as well, we have a million Turks living in Libya,” Erdogan said in a speech months ago.

Since April last year, LNA, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has been battling militias allied with 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 Erdogan, which paved the way for Ankara to send some of its troops as well as Syrian mercenaries to Tripoli.