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Turkish FM stresses dialogue to resolve Libya conflict

April 9, 2019 at 8:35 pm

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on 22 March, 2019 [Fatih Aktaş/Anadolu Agency]

Turkish foreign minister on Tuesday said the recent escalation in Libya should be tackled through dialogue instead of military aggression, reports Anadolu Agency.

“Unity and solidarity of Libya should be ensured through a conference organized by the UN, not with military intervention,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a joint news conference along with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani.

Last Thursday, Khalifa Haftar, a military commander based in eastern Libya, launched military operations with an ambitious campaign to capture the capital Tripoli, where the UN-backed Government of National Accord is headquartered. After initial success, however, the campaign on Monday appeared to have lost momentum.

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Libya has remained beset by turmoil since 2011 when a bloody, NATO-backed uprising led to the ouster and death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi after four decades in power.

Since then, the country’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of power: one in the eastern city of Benghazi, with which Haftar is associated, and another in Tripoli, which has UN support.