The growing involvement of Turkey and Russia in the Libyan conflict thwart efforts to establish a long-lasting ceasefire and an interim government in the war-torn country, the Guardian said on Monday.
Turkey’s assertive foreign policy, ranging from the eastern Mediterranean to Azerbaijan, and Russia’s support for Ankara’s Libyan rival are the most significant reasons behind the lengthy civil war in Libya, said Patrick Wintour, diplomatic editor of the Guardian.
A summit on Libya, co-hosted by the United Nations and Germany, was held on the side-lines of the 75th U.N. General Assembly on Monday, but the value of the commitments made in the virtual meeting are undermined by consequences of Ankara and Moscow’s intervention, he said.
Ahead of the meeting, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated on Sunday that Ankara would continue to stand in full solidarity with Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA).
Ankara has been flouting the U.N.-imposed arms embargo on Libya and bolstering the GNA-allied forces with Turkish drones, armoured vehicles, military advisers and Syrian mercenaries against the Libyan National Army, backed by Russia, the United Arab Emirates and many others, Wintour said.
During the summit, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the “full and unconditional implementation” of the arms embargo, and he said violations by countries that continue to deliver arms and other military support to the combatants “are a scandal and call into question the basic commitment to peace of all involved”.