Turkey accuses AL of remaining silent on Libya crisis

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-01 22:34:26|Editor: yan
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ANKARA, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Turkey blamed the Arab League (AL) of remaining silent on the foreign military-backed attacks that have been going on for months in Libya, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday.

The pan-Arab body has not been able to put forward a determined attitude between the "international legitimacy" and the foreign supported military offensive, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a written statement.

Libya has long been divided between two political powers, one in the capital Tripoli backed by the UN and the other based in the east led by Khalifa Haftar.

The army loyal to Haftar has recently launched a military campaign in and around Tripoli to take the city.

Ankara will continue to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya, which is the only "legitimate executive body representing Libya," and will make an effort to reach full cease-fire between the warring sides, the Turkish ministry's statement added.

It recalled that the spirit of the UN Security Council Resolution intends to support and strengthen the GNA as the sole legitimate representative of Libya and call upon all UN members to act in this manner.

The statement came following an AL council meeting in Cairo on the ongoing conflict in Libya, which called for efforts to "prevent foreign interference" in Libya.