Turkey opposes foreign intervention in Libya

Foreign intervention would only undermine peace efforts in the war-stricken country, according to special envoy for Libya

Turkey opposes foreign intervention in Libya

World Bulletin/News Desk

Foreign intervention would undermine peace efforts in Libya, Turkey's special envoy for Libya, Emrullah Isler told reporters on Monday.

"Foreign intervention would strike a severe blow to peace efforts. It is the Libyans themselves who can restore peace and stability in the country," Isler said, upon returning from a daily visit to the Libyan city of Badya.

"The current political crisis in Libya can only be solved through political dialogue," Isler insisted, and called for a prompt cease-fire in the country.

Isler said he was also pleased that the Libyan authorities had denied claims that Turkey had provided weapons to some groups in the country, referring to some news stories reportedly sourced to Libyan military officials.

This was Isler's second visit to Libya since October 21, made with the purpose of "keeping dialogue channels open with all parties in Libya, and contributing to cease-fire, dialogue and reconciliation efforts," according to a statement by Turkish Foreign Ministry released earlier Monday.

Libya has been dogged by political instability since former ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's 2011 ouster and death.

In the three years since, rival militias have frequently clashed in Libya's main cities, including Tripoli and Benghazi. The central government, meanwhile, has remained largely absent from the scene.

The sharp political divisions have yielded two rival seats of government in the country, each of which has its own institutions.

Two assemblies currently vie for legislative authority: A newly-elected House of Representatives, which convenes in the eastern city of Tobruk; and a General National Congress, which – though its mandate expired in August – continues to convene in Tripoli.

The two parliaments support two different governments headquartered in the two cities.

 

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