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Libya: Saleh Rallies Support Against Sarraj, Erdogan MoUs

Libya: Saleh Rallies Support Against Sarraj, Erdogan MoUs

Tuesday, 10 December, 2019 - 09:15
Aguila Saleh, Libya's parliament president, speaks during the first session at parliament headquarters in Benghazi, Libya April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

The head of Libya's parliament Aguila Saleh has launched a regional tour to rally support against the memoranda of understandings signed between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the head of the Libyan Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj.

On November 28, Ankara and Tripoli signed a memorandum on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea.

In Cairo, Saleh met with Arab Parliament President Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami.

The two discussed means the Arab Parliament can help in preventing the repercussions of the MoUs. One of the ways is withdrawing Arab and international support for Sarraj’s GNA.

Salami reiterated the call for all Libyan parties to resort to dialogue and preserve national unity.

“The political solution inside Libya will only take place with the agreement of the Libyan parties, away from all negative external interference in the Libyan internal affairs,” he affirmed.

Saleh, for his part, said: “The signing of this agreement without ratification by the Libyan House of Representatives aims to cede the sovereignty of the Libyan State and its legitimate rights to the Republic of Turkey to enable it to invest in this area, which is null and void by all standards.”

“Libya and Turkey do not have common maritime boundaries. There are several countries including Greece and Cyprus, in addition to the overlap of maritime borders with other countries, including the Arab Republic of Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon, as stipulated in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” he said.

Saleh also urged the United Nations not to acknowledge the legality of the document as the Libyan parliament does not recognize it.

On the other hand, the GNA acknowledged for the first time Monday, that its headquarters and Finance Ministry in the capital Tripoli were attacked by “armed militias.”

This followed a declaration by the interior minister saying that security was restored to the area.

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