“In the light of the ongoing escalations in Libya, especially around Tripoli, the European Union reiterates its call on all Libyan parties to cease all military actions and resume the political dialogue. There is no military solution to the crisis in Libya. The only way to settle it must be a political one, negotiated on the basis of the proposals recently put forward by the United Nations” reads the statement of European External Action Service press person.
“All members of the international community should observe and respect the UN arms embargo. The EU strongly supports the efforts of United Nations Special Representative Ghassan Salamé and the Berlin process, as the only avenue towards relaunching the Libyan political process and to rebuild a peaceful, stable and secure Libya.
“All participants to the Berlin process should engage constructively in bringing about a peaceful resolution to the conflict, that preserves Libyan sovereignty and is negotiated in the interest of all Libyans. The High Representative of the EU for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell, is committed to reinforce EU’s diplomatic efforts in this regard and to continue reaching out to international partners.”
Turkey moved closer to military support for Tripoli internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) during the weekend when a bilateral deal that provides for a swift reaction force if requested by Fayez Al Sarraj administration was submitted to Turkish parliament.
Erdogan said that Turkey was ready to provide Tripoli any military support it needed after Ankara and Libya’s internationally recognised government signed the deal.
Ankara’s latest move raises tensions in the Mediterranean region and risks confrontation with Libya National Army forces led by Khalifa Haftar based in eastern Libya, where the Interim government supported by Parliament is has been based since 2014.
Late last month, Ankara and Tripoli signed an expanded security and military accord and, separately, a Memorandum on maritime boundaries that Greece and Cyprus said violates international law.
We will be protecting the rights of Libya and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean,” he said on A Haber TV. “We are more than ready to give whatever support necessary to Libya.”
While the maritime accord has been sent to the United Nations for endorsement, the military deal has been presented to Turkey’s Parliament.
“Parliament will enter it into force after approval,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
At present the date of vote in the Parliament dominated by Erdogan ruling AK Party has been not announced yet.
Libyan ambassador is expelled from Athens following the agreement between Libya and Turkey, signed on November 27, which maps out a sea boundary between the two countries, close to Crete island.
Mohamed Younis AB Menfi has 72 hours to leave the country, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias told reporters on December 6. The Turkey-Libyan accord was a “blatant violation of international law,” Dendias said.
Ankara is backing Libya’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli.The agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and the Chairman Fayez Al Sarraj administration could complicate disputes over energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, where Turkish drilling has caused indignation of Greek Cypriots, Athens, and the EU.