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EU calls on Turkey to stop violating arms embargo in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BRUSSELS – The European Union High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy, Joseph Borrell, called on Turkey to stop its repeated violations of the UN resolution banning the supply of arms to Libya.

“We call on Turkey to engage in the search for a political solution to the crisis in Libya as part of its obligations at the Berlin conference to avoid further deterioration,” Borrell said in a press conference held today in Brussels, stressing that Berlin’s actions are the only framework for a political solution in Libya.

“We are in the process of making phone calls with the actors in Libya,” he said before adding that “some things may happen in the coming period.”

He pointed out that the Union continues to invite the Libyan warring parties to comply with the Berlin framework.

Ankara established a military foothold in Libya after signing a security agreement with the Tripoli-based Government National Accord (GNA) last year. As part of the agreement, Turkish troops as well as Ankara-backed Syrian mercenaries were deployed to back GNA in an effort fight the Libyan National Army (LNA) in western Libya.

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