The Turkish presidency refers a memorandum to Parliament

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On Monday, the Turkish presidency referred a memorandum to the parliament’s presidency to extend the duties of the country’s forces in Libya for an additional 18 months.

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The memorandum signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated that “the efforts that Libya began after the events of February 2011 to build democratic institutions were in vain due to the armed conflicts that led to the emergence of a fragmented administrative structure in the country.”

She noted the signing of the Skhirat Agreement in Morocco under the auspices of the United Nations on December 17, 2015, after nearly a year of negotiations between all Libyan parties in order to establish a ceasefire and preserve the country’s territorial integrity.

She explained that the Government of National Accord, recognized by the United Nations, was formed under the Libyan Political Agreement.

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She pointed out that the so-called Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, “began on April 4, 2019 an attack to seize the capital, Tripoli.”

The memo stressed that the aim of sending Turkish forces to Libya “is to protect national interests within the framework of international law and to take all necessary precautions against security risks emanating from illegal armed groups in Libya.”