Turkey has criticized the comments of France on the support of Ankara to the government which is internationally recognized in Libya, saying that Paris aims to restore the old colonial regime in the countries of North Africa.
These comments mordants are occurring a few days after the French president Emmanuel Macron has launched a violent verbal attack against the conduct of Turkey in Libya, ravaged by the war, accusing him of playing a “dangerous game” that cannot be tolerated any longer.
In an interview Wednesday, the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said:” France is trying to divide Libya. He wants to go back to the old colonial era. ”
The oil-rich country is divided between the administrations rival to the east and to the west, the conflict drawing recently, foreign participation is growing.
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Turkey supports the government of national agreement (GNA) based in Tripoli and recognized by the united nations, led by Prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj.
France, the united arab Emirates (uae), Egypt and Russia support the House of representatives, based in the East, the ally of the military commander renegade Khalifa Haftar.
Criticizing France’s support to Haftar, Cavusoglu accused Paris of playing a “dangerous game” in Libya, claiming that his role contradicts the resolutions of the UN and its position as a permanent member of the security Council.
“Many countries have started to take advantage to the legitimate government recognized by the united nations. This is a positive reflection of our cooperation. [with the GNA], ” he said.
Libya has been torn apart by the violence that has attracted armed groups, tribal and foreign actors since the overthrow and killing of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 in an uprising backed by the West.
Turkey intervened decisively in Libya after the launch of operation Peace Storm in march, providing air support, training, and weapons to help the GNA to repel an assault of a year of Haftar in the capital, Tripoli.
The GNA has taken over these past few weeks, the control of strategic locations, including Tarhuna, the last bastion of Haftar in the west of Libya.
Tuesday, The spokesman of the Turkish ministry of foreign Affairs has accused Macron ” lose the reason “.
“Because of the support it has given to the structures illegitimate for years, France has an important responsibility in the removal of Libya in the chaos,” Said Hami Aksoy. “The libyan people will never forget the damage that France has done to this country.”
The accession of Turkey to the EU
At the same time, France has demanded Wednesday, a discussion “without taboos” within the EU on its relations with Turkey, which officially remains a candidate for membership in the bloc despite a process of accession to the point of death.
The links already tense between the NATO allies, France and Turkey, have worsened in recent days as the two parties have exchanged accusations over the conflict in Libya.
Turkey seeks to join the european Union in the past half-century, although his candidacy has failed in recent years – especially after the repression that followed a failed coup attempt in 2016.
“France considers that it is essential that the european Union opens very quickly an in-depth debate, without taboos and naivety about the prospects of his future relationship with Ankara “, said the minister of foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian at the French Senate.
“The european Union must firmly defend its own interests because it has the means to do it,” he said.
Returning to the subject of the role of Turkey in Libya, Le Drian said: “clarifications are needed on the role that Turkey intends to play in Libya.
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