Libyan House of Representatives complains to the UN about Turkish interference.
A letter has been addressed by the Libyan House of Representatives’ Speaker, Counselor Aqeela Saleh, to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the ambassadors of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, in which she talked about the Libyan cities’ exposure to Turkish aggression in support of the terrorist groups that control the capital, Tripoli. He also mentioned in it the sabotage role of extremist militias and Syrian mercenaries sent from Turkey.
Aqila Saleh’s speech stated that “Libya is an independent, sovereign state and a member of the United Nations, subjected to a brutal Turkish military aggression in which Libyan cities are destroyed, in addition to Turkish interference in the internal Libyan affairs by sending weapons and mercenaries to tip the balance in favor of the terrorist group and militias and armed gangs controlling The capital Tripoli in facing the Libyan people and its elected parliament which is the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people and their armed forces. “
“this interference takes place under the sight of the United Nations and the International Security Council and it represents a clear violation of international laws, norms and decisions, and completely disregards the outputs of the Berlin Conference.” The Speaker of the Libyan Parliament added.
He continued, “The Libyan parliament is exercising its powers in accordance with the constitutional declaration, and it has the right to demand on behalf of the Libyan people to implement the UN Security Council resolutions to ban the supply of arms and ammunition and impose a commitment to a truce to devote itself to fighting the Corona virus and stopping the Turkish aggression or allowing the Libyan armed forces fighting terrorism on behalf of the world to obtain Weapons and ammunition to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya.
Akila Saleh’s address to the United Nations, which is a party sponsoring the negotiations and which recognizes the government of national reconciliation, comes after a series of violations that included the release of prisoners, including terrorists, in Sarman prison, which was controlled by al-Wefaq militias with heavy Turkish support.
The United Nations Mission to Libya had condemned those practices that are war crimes, but the international organization did not act in practice to stop Turkey’s interference in Libyan affairs, arming extremist militias and sending mercenaries from Syrian to Tripoli.
The militia of Fayez al-Sarraj’s government has controlled in the past few days 6 cities west of the capital, Tripoli, which were under the control of the Libyan National Army forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
Among the cities that its militia has recovered, with Turkish military support Sabratha (70 km west of Tripoli) and Sorman (60 km west of the capital), they have committed reprisals against civilians and looting and vandalism of property.
The crimes committed by Turkey, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Libya, are no longer hidden from any international party, at a time when the United Nations and the international community are complacent in curbing Turkish interference, whether in Syria or in Libya.
Turkey recently threw its military weight in support of the Al-Sarraj government and its militia after the Libyan National Army forces on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli became a military operation that began in April 2019 and continued at an intermittent pace to ensure that civilians were not endangered. Turkey’s swift move and generous support for the Al-Wefaq militia reflected Erdogan’s fears of the Libyan National Army liberating the Libyan capital, controlled by the Libyan Brotherhood, whose spiritual mentor, Sadiq Gharyani, resides in Ankara.