parPARIS (Reuters) - la France a accusé la Turquie de la marine, mercredi, d'agir dans un environnement hostile et inacceptable manière à l'égard de ses alliés de l'OTAN pour les empêcher d'appliquer des Nations Unies pour l'embargo sur la Libye.
NATO defence ministers are holding a virtual meeting this week, amid growing tensions between Paris and Ankara. The two allies have exchanged barbs over the crisis in Libya, accusing each other of supporting opposing sides in the country of the war.
French ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson Agnes von der Muhll said violations of the embargo, including by Turkey, have been the main obstacles to the realization of peace and stability in Libya.
“Turkey’s support for the continuation of the offensive of the Government of National reconciliation which goes directly against the efforts to obtain a truce immediately,” von de Muhll said.
“This support is coupled with a hostile and unacceptable behaviour by the Turkish naval forces to NATO allies, to impede efforts to implement the United Nations arms embargo. ”
Turkey, which supports the internationally recognised GNA-authorities in Tripoli, has obtained a foothold in Libya, helping to repel an assault on the capital by the Libyan National Army (LNA) to the commander Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia.
France, which has supported Haftar in the past, said that he is not taking sides.
Paris ‘ strong reaction seems to stem from an incident that occurred at the end of May, when the warships of the turks flashed their radar lights three times to the French Courbet ship of war in the east of the Mediterranean, an official at the French defence has said.
He said the Courbet, under the command of NATO, was carrying out a mission to verify if the Turkish ship Cirkin was smuggling arms to Libya, after turning off its transponder, failed to identify himself and did not reveal his final destination.
A high official of turkey has dismissed the charges earlier in the day. He said that the French forces had been in search of a Turkish ship in international waters ” and it was not allowed “, and that Turkey had not taken any provocative or aggressive action to prevent it.
(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Mark Heinrich)