03/’1/2020 – The Turkish bill authorizing the deployment of troops in Libya marks a dangerous escalation of civil war in a North African country and seriously threatens stability in the region, said in a joint statement from Greece, Israel and Cyprus said.
“This decision constitutes a gross violation of the UNSC resolution…imposing an arms embargo in Libya and seriously undermines the international community’s efforts to find a peaceful, political solution to the Libyan conflict,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said in the statement.
Countries also called on Turkey to refrain from sending troops to Libya, as this would violate Libyan national sovereignty and independence, Reuters reported.
The Turkish parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill on troops to be deployed in Libya.
This Turkish move followed after Ankara and the internationally recognized government of Libyan PM Fayez al-Serraj signed two separate agreements in November: one on security and military cooperation, and the other on maritime borders in the eastern Mediterranean, which enraged Greece. Israel, Egypt and Cyprus.
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