Turkey, Qatar suppressing ceasefire attempts in Libya, says LNA spokesman
Libya’s attempts at a political resolution to the ongoing civil war are being met with opposition by the Turkey and Qatar alliance, the Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Major General Ahmed al Mesmari said on Sunday.
Ankara has violated the current ceasefire in the oil rich North African country by sending more mercenaries and using commercial vessels to smuggle arms into Libya to bolster the Government of National Accord (GNA), Egypt Today quoted Mesmari as saying.
Turkey and Qatar throw their weight behind Libya’s internationally recognised GNA, which in recent weeks has turned back a 14-month assault on capital Tripoli by the General Khalifa Haftar-led Libyan National Army (LNA), backed by Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
The Libya ceasefire is conditional upon a complete exit of Turkish elements from Libya and the LNA will the country soil from Turkish occupation and the outlawed militias linked to it, Mesmari said.
Analysts maintain Turkey’s contributions, including drone and artillery, were vital in helping the GNA recapture land seized by the LNA, putting forces loyal to Haftar on the back foot.
Turkey has also reportedly flown in thousands of fighters from allied militias in Syria to aid in the Libyan struggle.
Last week, Turkey’s top security council reaffirmed its determination to back the GNA in Tripoli, against the rival forces of Haftar.
Turkey "will not hesitate to take necessary steps", the country’s National Security Council said.