Libya: Turk­ish in­ter­ven­tion dan­ger­ous, global par­lia­ment group warns

The Punch - - NEWS - John Alechenu, Abuja

THein­ter­na­tion­al­par­lia­ment for Tol­er­ance and Peace has con­demned the in­ter­ven­tion of the Turk­ish armed forces in the cri­sis in Libya, de­scrib­ing it as “a very dan­ger­ous turn­ing point for the worse.”

Mak­ing its po­si­tion known from its seat in Malta, the IPTP said, “As ad­vo­cates of tol­er­ance and peace, we re­ject and de­nounce the mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion of a for­eign state in an­other sovereign state in a way that we are wit­ness­ing to­day in Libya.”

The body ob­served that Libya, be­ing an ac­tive mem­ber of the Arab League, was sub­ject to the League’s rules that reg­u­late the search for mil­i­tary sup­port from friends and al­lies to avert dan­gers and other se­cu­rity is­sues.

It said, “The Arab League res­o­lu­tion from De­cem­ber 31, 2019, stressed ‘the ne­ces­sity to pre­vent in­ter­fer­ence that could con­trib­ute to fa­cil­i­tat­ing the ar­rival of for­eign ex­trem­ists in Libya’ and also ex­pressed ‘se­ri­ous con­cern over the mil­i­tary es­ca­la­tion fur­ther ag­gra­vat­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Libya, which threat­ens the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of neigh­bor­ing coun­tries and the en­tire re­gion.”

It re­called that the joint state­ment of the for­eign min­is­ters of Bri­tain, France, Ger­many and Italy called for an end to the fight­ing and an end to “con­tin­u­ing out­side in­ter­fer­ence.”

The spe­cialised global par­lia­ment ex­pressed sup­port for the po­si­tion taken by the

Head of the euro­pean Union’s Di­plo­macy, Josep Bor­rell, who ar­gued that the Turk­ish de­ci­sion to in­ter­vene with their troops in Libya could in­crease wor­ries about the sit­u­a­tion in that coun­try.

“We, there­fore, con­sider the in­ter­ven­tion of the Turk­ish armed forces in Libya, re­spond­ing to the call by the Gov­ern­ment of Na­tional Ac­cord, which has not won the trust of the Libyan Par­lia­ment, as a very dan­ger­ous turn­ing point for the worse re­gard­ing the sta­bil­ity of the state and the hopes of its peo­ple.

•L-R: For­mer State Sec­re­tary, PDP, Chief Pegba Ote­molu; Gov­er­nor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abio­dun pre­sent­ing APC Flag to the PDP and ADC party chief­tains led by the for­mer Gov­er­nor of Ogun State, Al­haja Sal­imot Badru; ADC gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isi­aka and oth­ers, dur­ing their for­mal dec­la­ra­tion for the rul­ing party in Ogun State …on Tues­day. Photo: Ogun State Gov­ern­ment House

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