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Arab Parliament: Turkish Military Intervention Worsens Libyan Situation

Arab Parliament: Turkish Military Intervention Worsens Libyan Situation

Thursday, 23 January, 2020 - 08:15
Speaker of the Arab parliament Meshaal al-Salami. Asharq Al-Awsat

Speaker of the Arab Parliament Meshaal al-Salami stressed on Wednesday the importance of disarming militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli and halting Turkey’s support for them.

He stated that the Turkish military intervention worsens the situation in Libya and spurs division among different factions. It also prolongs the conflict, curbs peace efforts, hinders a political solution, destabilizes the region and jeopardizes Libya’s neighboring countries and Arab national security.

Salami addressed the UN Secretary General, and heads of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the European Parliament, the Pan-African Parliament and NATO Parliamentary Assembly with written letters.

In his letters, he rejected and denounced the decision of the Turkish parliament to dispatch troops to Libya in violation of international law and Security Council resolutions that have imposed an arms embargo on Libya.

The Arab Parliament decried all forms of support to militias, including the transfer of terrorists to Libya. It demanded the disarming of militias and called on the UN Security Council to take urgent steps to prevent the infiltration of foreign terrorists to Libya.

Moreover, the Parliament requested a clear mechanism to oversee and sanction parties funding the conflict in Libya.

In addition, it welcomed the ceasefire as a step towards finding a political solution to the country’s war. It underscored that the political solution is the only viable option in Libya, away from foreign intervention.

The Parliament agreed with the Libyan legislature’s rejection of the Turkish intervention in the country’s internal affairs, demanding prompt action from the international community.

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