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An investigation of BBC confirms Turkey sends new arms shipments into Libya
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An investigation of BBC confirms Turkey sends new arms shipments into Libya

Although the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is bringing Turkey to its knees, the Turkish president and head of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist movement, Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues his insane venture in Libya. In recent days, the BBC has released a new video containing satellite images and other evidence of the cargo ships loaded with weapons, ammunition and armoured vehicles sent by Turkey in Libya, in a clear violation of the embargo provided for by United Nations resolutions. The BBC, thanks to the footage obtained by the investigation team and the Italian authorities, has shown that a ship carrying armoured combat vehicles, self-propelled guns and anti-aircraft defense systems – now installed in Tripoli and Misurata – sailed from the Turkish port of Mersin towards Tunisia, then disappeared from the localization systems to head to Tripoli on January 27th, 2020.

The satellite images show three ships north-east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, with one ship in the middle corresponding to the size and colour scheme of the Turkish ship, called BANA. Meanwhile, the other two ships that escorted BANA were G-class frigates, which are used only by the Turkish navy. “The clearer satellite images taken on the same day complete the picture. It shows the BANA docket in the port of Tripoli”, affirms the BBC report confirming the news and images disseminated by civilians on social networks in those days. After making a stopover in Tripoli, the ship reached the port of Genoa in Italy three days later. the local media report, here a sailor offered information to the Italian authorities on the illegal arms trade between Turkey and Libya in exchange for international protection. The BBC was able to show the images taken by the sailor in the hold of the ship which match with videos filmed by the militias upon arrival in the port of Tripoli. The Islamist militias, affiliated to the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli, are used to broadcast videos of this kind to frighten the enemy.

After losing international support, with most of the countries that have opened to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, head of Libyan National Army (LNA), especially after the evidences of an involvement with terrorist groups across Libya by the Government and the authorities of Tripoli and Misrata, Turkey remains today the main supporter of the Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj with whom Erdogan signed two agreements on security and jurisdiction of the eastern Mediterranean on February 28, widely rejected by the Libyan people and the international community. The Arab League, the European Union, the African Union and the main countries interested in the Libyan file have in fact asked Erdogan at the Berlin Conference to stop any transfer of weapons and mercenaries to Libya, opting for the formation of a joint aero-naval force that guarantees respect of the embargo according to UN resolutions.

Another 200 terrorists previously transferred from Turkey to Libya reached Europe
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Another 200 terrorists previously transferred from Turkey to Libya reached Europe

The Syrian Observatory for Human reaffirms that in these days 200 pro-Syrian fighters arrived in Europe after have been transferred to Libya by Turkey. According to the Observatory report: “200 pro-Turkish mercenaries have emigrated across the Mediterranean from the coasts of Libya to Europe and have already reached the countries in southern Europe”. Also, according to the study, the fighters were members of factions of the North Falcons Brigade, of the Sultan Murad Brigade, of the Mutasim Division, of the Hamzat and Suleiman Shah militias. To these fighters, the NGO adds 117 others killed in Tripoli during the clashes with the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who has tried to seize the capital since April 4, 2019. The Observatory added in a statement that the killed mercenaries were brought by the Turkish government to Tripoli to support the ranks of the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces.

The number of Syrian fighters who have reached Tripoli so far has increased to 4,750, while more than 1,900 others are being trained in Turkey to join their comrades in Libya soon added the same source. “Reliable sources have informed the Syrian Observatory that about 40 militiamen from Hamzat and other factions have fled to Italy in the last hours “. Egypt has also launched an appeal before the United Nations asking not to underestimate the recruitment and transfer of foreign fighters from Syria to Libya. Egypt’s permanent ambassador to the UN, Mohamed Edris, expressed concern about: “the blatant violation of international peace and security, including the relevant UN Security Council resolutions”. Edris then urged the United Nations Security Council to assume its responsibilities, maintaining international peace and security through the application of UN resolution 2396 which prohibits the movement of terrorists to other countries. It seems clear that Turkey is continuing to destabilize the whole Middle East, which could favour terrorist infiltrations across Europe for its long-term purposes.

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Libyan crisis, Haftar yesterday in Paris and today in Berlin
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Libyan crisis, Haftar yesterday in Paris and today in Berlin

The Libyan National Army (LNA) general command’s information office confirmed that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar arrived in Paris on Monday to visit the Elysée at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron. According to the information office, Haftar discussed the latest developments in the fight against terrorism and illegal immigration with French Foreign Minister, Jean Yves Le Drian. Field Marshall Haftar had received the invitation of President Macron on 12 February from the Director of the Middle East and North Africa Department of the French Foreign Ministry, Cristophe Farno.

Haftar also discussed with the French Interior and Defense Ministries the possibility for the army to take control of Tripoli and the rest of Libyan regions. It is interesting to note that the Minister of the Interior, Fathi Pashagha, had recently anticipated a change in the policies of Paris in the approach to the Libyan file, revealing that the Tripoli based Government of National Accord (GNA) would have signed bilateral agreements with the Elysée next month. According to the newspaper “Al-Sharq Al-Awsat”, the general commander of the Libyan army, Khalifa Haftar, had previously travelled to the Syrian capital Damascus for a secret visit at the invitation of the president Bashar al-Assad. General Haftar is in Berlin today for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, so far there has been no official report from the Hafter or European sides.

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Germany Will Not Tolerate Embargo Violation In Libya Anymore
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Germany Will Not Tolerate Embargo Violation In Libya Anymore

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has warned that countries that are continuing to provide weapon support in Libya will now have to face dire consequences.
Despite a weapons embargo, countries have been supplying war equipment to the fighting sides in Libya. Maas has made this statement a little before United Nations Security Council meeting. The UN has been constantly trying to curb the interference of foreign nations in order to restore peace in the war-torn country.

This is after a total of 16 countries and organizations had already met in Berlin in January 2020 to create harmony and unanimously decide to end the war like conditions in Libya. The intent was to renew their commitment to a 2011 UN weapons embargo, in a bid to end to the civil war that has been raging in the country since the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

In the whole scheme of things, Turkey has also been making the most of the situation and supporting one side in order to harness the rich natural resources in the country. He is known to have signed Fayez Serraj.

Khalifa Haftar on his part has made it clear that ceasefire will happen only when Turkish presence ceases in the region completely. With Erdogan confirming of the presence of training troops, the whole Geneva intervention plan can fall flat any moment. Haftar has been against the interference of Turkey from December 2019, when Ankara decided to sign two agreements over military cooperation with the legitimate government in Libya.

According to the Haftar, the new alliance will amounted to a “defense pact” that grants the Turkish government the right to use Libyan airspace and waters as well as build military bases on Libyan soil. Libya remains oil and gas rich and reserves the borders important Mediterranean trade routes. The country’s destabilization aroused the avarice of various international players, including the Turkish government. With signing a pact for maritime boundaries, Turkey ensures the safety of Libya’s largest natural resource and mode of employment and trade.

Khalifa Haftar’s Libya National Army has said that ‘any Turkish forces setting foot in the Libyan would be considered hostile forces and legitimate target.’ Recap Tayyip Erdogan had confirmed on December 10 that he would be sending in Turkish forces to support the GNA. However, Haftar has pointed out that in doing so, Erdogan would be in violation of the UN security council resolutions.

Haftar maybe correct is saying that the decision of GNA head, Fayez Serraj, to activate the military cooperation agreement with Turkey is merely ‘aimed at boosting his militia’s power.’ Sarraj may have missed the point that giving an entry to Turkey is like opening a death trap to another nation which would like to get a piece of this meaty nation.

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Heiko Maas: the EU has consented to launch a new mission in the Mediterranean
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Heiko Maas: the EU has consented to launch a new mission in the Mediterranean

Federal minister of foreign affairs of Germany, Heiko Maas, has affirmed the EU has consented to launch a new mission in the Mediterranean to implement a UN arms ban on Libya, which has been routinely mocked. Many years back in 2011, the UN arms ban was imposed.

On Monday, after hours of lengthy discussions between ministers in Brussels, the decision was reached.

The marine and air mission in the eastern Mediterranean is planned for halting more weapons arriving at warring groups in Libya.

The decision marked a leap forward following weeks of productive discussions and warnings by EU foreign affairs head Josep Borrell that the coalition gambled, becoming pointless if it couldn’t perform.

Borrell spoke at the finish of talks in Brussels, “When you have political will nothing is unimaginable,” The National detailed. The new mission in the Mediterranean to supplant the EU’s migration centered Operation Sophia would incorporate satellite and aerial observing as well as marine forces, he included.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio, expressed, “We as a whole consent to make a mission that obstructs the progression of arms into Libya,” the National revealed.

Earlier in the day, different ministers had attempted to persuade Austria to lift its objections.

The EU’s military mission discontinued sending ships last March after Italy announced it would never again take in migrants’ protected adrift.

However, a week ago, Italy’s vice foreign minister stated that Rome was prepared to restart the ocean patrol.

Austria had been hindering the move, saying individuals protected adrift ought not to be taken to Europe.

In an understanding, EU vessels will presently hail and examine suspicious ships in the eastern Mediterranean, where most arms theft occurs, away from migrating routes.

“It was acceptable, yet Vienna would, however, be watchful for any signs that the mission, will take a long time to set up, was pulling in migrants into Europe,” stated Austria’s Foreign Minister, Alexander Schallenberg.

At first, Borrell had desired to restore the EU’s present military mission, as Operation Sophia.

One agreement was to utilize airplanes, instead of ships, to check smugglers who supply Libya’s two adversary governments.

However, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas asked the EU to concur with a marine mission, saying by air monitoring would not be sufficient.

On Sunday, a senior UN official cautioned that the arms ban was irrelevant because there is nobody to implement it. In a primarily symbolic move, Operation Sophia will currently be removed. Schallenberg stated he concurred because of the new mission was entirely military, not on compassionate grounds.

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Germany and Turkey confirm a settlement in Libya and calm Idlib.
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Germany and Turkey confirm a settlement in Libya and calm Idlib.

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoglu, announced during a press conference with his German counterpart Haikou Maas in Munich on Saturday that no stability can be achieved in Idlib, Syria, as well as in the Libyan file through a military solution.

 He said: “We must find a quick solution and make efforts to achieve a cease-fire in Idlib.”

He added that “our discussions with the Russian side on Idlib should be kept in a diplomatic framework, and if we are not able to do so we will take other steps.”

 In the Libyan file, Ihsanoglu stressed that “the solution in Libya cannot be military, and we are seeking to achieve a ceasefire.”

 The two ministers participate in the activities of the security conference currently being held in Munich.

For his part, Mas said after his meeting with Ihsanoglu, saying: “We talked about Libya and the meeting that will be held next Sunday, and the Turkish foreign minister confirmed his commitment to the Berlin track.”

 Mas added that the talks touched on the situation in Syria and the humanitarian disaster in Idlib

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The European Union is ready to help implement the ceasefire in Libya.
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The European Union is ready to help implement the ceasefire in Libya.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas confirmed, during his speech at the International Security Conference in Munich, that the European Union is ready to provide assistance in implementing the ceasefire in Libya, “according to the request of the United Nations.”
Maas added that the European Union countries will consider next Monday contributing to the implementation of the arms embargo to Libya.
Maas also confirmed that the foreign ministers of the countries participating in the “Berlin Track on Libya” will meet next Sunday in Munich.

Maas stressed the necessity of “Europe not abandoning its role in the crises of Syria, Libya and the Sahel, in favor of arms exporters.” In this context, Maas considered that extremists on the African coast threaten the security of Europe.

It is noteworthy that European officials confirmed to “France Press” that Austria is blocking the resumption of the maritime operation of the European Union, which is charged with monitoring the ban on sending weapons to Libya.

A European official, who asked not to be identified, acknowledged that contacts at the highest level were being held to settle this issue, but it has not produced any results so far.

A meeting of the Union’s foreign ministers will be held in Brussels in this regard on Monday.
Another diplomat said about the new goal entrusted to the European Union mission named “Sofia”, that “the Austrians continue to refuse to deploy ships and confirm that they are receiving support from the Hungarians.”

The Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurtz told a German newspaper early February that the process “will not happen”. He added, “The Sofia operation has always been a rescue mission and has become an entry point for thousands of illegal immigrants to Europe.”
Austria and Hungary have consistently refused to take part in sponsoring the migrants the Sofia mission is saving under relief efforts at sea. The two countries also object to solidarity within the European Union for the redistribution of migrants.

European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell proposed a revised operational zone for the activities of European ships mandated to monitor the United Nations arms embargo on Libya. These operations are supposed to take place at sea, outside the roads of drug traffickers.
But the Austrians reject these arguments, according to sources, “Agence France Presse,” which stated that “in this position, Austria permits leaving the sea to others and does not help calm the crisis in Libya.” You can find more Geopolitics News and Updates link us.

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