Turkey’s Erdogan: No military solution to the conflict in Libya

Unilateral recourse to force will not bring peace to Libya, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cautioned on the first of a two-day visit to Algeria.

“We reiterated that a solution to the conflict in Libya cannot be achieved through military means,” Erdogan said during a press conference with his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, on Sunday.

“We are constantly in touch with neighbouring countries and major international actors to reach a permanent ceasefire and a return to political dialogue.”

Erdogan earlier in the day lambasted eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar for violating a fragile truce between his Libyan National Army (LNA) and forces loyal to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).

Since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has hardly had a stable government.

Fighting escalated in April after Haftar launched an offensive to wrest control of the capital, Tripoli, from the GNA, headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.

Haftar, who is affiliated with a rival government in the east and enjoys the backing of, among others, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and France, says his military campaign is aimed at “cleansing” western Libya of “terrorist groups”.

His critics accuse him of being a new Gaddafi in the making.

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