Macron Renews Criticism of Turkey Over Libya

  • "I think it's a historic and criminal responsibility for a country which claims to be a NATO member," Macon said.
  • "France does not support General Haftar," Macron insisted.
  • Macron considered that Russia plays on the "contradiction" arising from the presence of a Russian private militia in Libya called "Wagner."

French President Emmanuel Macron has criticized Turkey for its role in the Libyan conflict. Macron said Monday night, after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Mizeburg, near Berlin, that this role “is a threat to Africa and Europe, and France condemns external interference” in Libya.

Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron is a French politician serving as President of the French Republic since 2017. Macron was appointed a deputy secretary general by President Francois Hollande shortly after his election in May 2012, making Macron one of Hollande’s senior advisers.

“I think it’s a historic and criminal responsibility for a country which claims to be a NATO member,” Macon said. Turkey, a member of NATO, is the first international supporter of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord.

In early June, the GNA regained control of the entire northwest, forcing General Khalifa Haftar’s forces to retreat. Macron said that Ankara violates the commitments made last January during the Berlin Conference on Libya.

Macron “We do not support Haftar”

The French president declared that he “wants to put an end to the wrong idea: France does not support General Haftar,” commander of the so-called Libyan National Army in eastern Libya. He stressed that “Paris, on the contrary, calls for a lasting political solution to the conflict.”

“We need at this stage an indispensable clarification of Turkish policy in Libya, which is unacceptable to us,” Macron said at the press conference with Chancellor Merkel. He added that “the first outside party to intervene” in Libya, which has been in conflict since 2011, “is Turkey.”

Macron added that Turkey “does not fulfill any of its obligations at the Berlin Conference (which was held in January) and increased its military presence in Libya and imported in large part jihadi fighters from Syria.”

He also said, “It is the historical and criminal responsibility of Turkey, which it claims is a member of NATO. In any case, it adopts” this responsibility. Macron previously accused Ankara on June 22 of playing a “dangerous game” in Libya,  considering that this was further evidence of his comment that NATO was “brain dead.”

Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar is a Libyan-American military officer and the head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), which, under Haftar’s leadership, replaced nine elected municipal councils by military administrators, and as of May 2019, was engaged in the Second Libyan Civil War.

Criticism of the Russian Wagner Group

Macron considered that Russia plays on the “contradiction” arising from the presence of a Russian private militia in Libya, called “Wagner,” and not soldiers of the Russian army.

Macron said that, during a video conference with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, he also condemned the presence of the “Wagner Group,” and added that he condemned the role of Russian mercenaries in Libya, days after the exposure of their entry with others the Sharara oil field last week.

On Friday, the National Oil Corporation of Libya said that mercenaries entered the spark in a bus convoy and met representatives of the Petroleum Facilities Guard, a force established to maintain security in the oil fields.

The US military believes that there are 2,000 members of the Russian Special Group operating in Libya, which is being civil war-ravaged, and that the “Wagner Group” has ties to the Kremlin. It is noteworthy that Libya has been mired in chaos since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and the proliferation of armed groups in conflict with it.

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