Libya, civil war

Turkey warns that dividing Libya would bring ”devastating results”

Turkey, which warns against attempts by certain countries to divide Libya in their own interests, advocates a political solution as the only way to a lasting peace.

Turkey has warned that any attempt to divide Libya based on the current political situation in the region would have devastating consequences for the Maghreb country, which has been in a chaotic situation since the death of dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

“If a proposal arises like ‘We are going to divide Libya from here, for us this part, we give this part to the others’, this would have devastating consequences in Libya … We have heard some speculation in that regard,” declared the Wednesday to the media İbrahim Kalın, spokesman for the Turkish president.

“Right now, there is a political division in Libya, not a division based on tribes or factions, religion or even geography, and there are certain (foreign) actors who are imposing it,” Kalın said, insisting that there are several countries that are supporting one of the factions at the cost of deepening the disintegration of Libya.

“It is extremely important to protect the territorial integrity and political unity of Libya,” Kalın insisted, calling the attitude of these countries “dangerous” and stressing that any lasting solution in Libya cannot be military, but political, and seeking peace and the security of the Libyan people as a priority.

Turkey wants a political solution for Libya

Kalın also stressed that Turkey is committed to a political process within the framework of the principles set by the Berlin Conference and under the auspices of the United Nations, adding that Ankara will continue to lend its full support to the Government of National Agreement (GNA) based in Tripoli and to its Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, who also has the backing of the UN.

In this regard, the Turkish presidential spokesman noted that in order to achieve a lasting ceasefire, it is vital that general Khalifa Haftar -backed by countries such as Egypt, France, Russia or the United Arab Emirates- withdraw to the positions of the agreement signed by both parties at the end of 2015 in Skhirat, which implies that Haftar should withdraw from Sirte and Jufrah.

Recently, however, Egypt hinted that an offensive by the GNA to recover Sirte -which would weaken Haftar’s position in Libya- would suppose a “casus belli” for the Cairo government that would lead it to intervene militarily in the country, a position widely criticised by Turkey. Kalın points out that Haftar’s recent attack on the Watiya air base shows the “true intentions” of the Libyan rebel general.