NATO investigates Turkish navy’s refusal to comply with UN embargo in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BRUSSELS – NATO will investigate French accusations that Turkey’s navy failed to respond to an allied call for inspection this month in the Mediterranean, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday following a meeting of defense ministers.

“The incident in the Mediterranean was addressed in the meeting by several allies. My message is that we have made sure that NATO military authorities are investigating the incident to bring full clarity into what happened,” Stoltenberg told a news conference.

Following the incident, the French Foreign Ministry released a statement yesterday accusing Turkey’s navy of acting in a hostile and unacceptable manner towards its NATO allies to prevent them from enforcing a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.

“The main obstacle to the establishment of peace and stability in Libya today lies in the systematic violations of the United Nations arms embargo, in particular on the part of Turkey, despite the commitments made to  Berlin at the start of the year,” reads the statement released by the French Foreign Ministry.

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