Published On: Wed, Jan 8th, 2020

Turkey Caught In EU Crosshairs On Libya

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By Janet Ekstract
ISTANBUL (TURKISH JOURNAL) – On Tuesday, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell said the EU rejects Turkish plans to send troops to Libya.

Borrell has warned of an “escalation of violence” in Libya from what he labels foreign interference. He added: “We are requesting a ceasefire.” He also said the EU is requesting a halt to all military offensives from both sides.

He further commented that the EU denounces warlord Khalifa Haftar’s attack on a Libyan military school: “We condemn attacks such as Saturday’s strike against the military school, which only bring more violence and human suffering.”

In addition, Borrell added: “The European Union calls on all sides to engage in a political process under the leadership of the United Nations. The European Union will continue to deploy all efforts towards finding a peaceful and political solution to this process. “

On Tuesday, Borrell met in an emergency meeting in Brussels with foreign ministers from Germany,  Italy, France and the UK. They were scheduled to fly to Libya but due to security issues, they had to cancel.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas commented to reporters: “Libya has since become a place for a war of proxies and we don’t want to accept that any longer.”

Meanwhile, an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers will meet this Friday in Brussels to hear the views of all 28 member states on the situation in the Middle East.

When referencing a solution for Libya, Borrell explained “It’s not a matter of force,  the EU is not using force.” He said: “We will continue to talk to all Libyan actors. “

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