Turkey’s Main Opposition Party Opposes Erdogan’s Move to Deploy Turkish Troops in Libya – Al Marsad

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems determined to deploy Turkish troops on the ground in Libya, Turkish opposition parties continue their attack on the policies of Erdogan and his ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AK) in an effort to convey to the world a message of rejection and condemnation against  such reckless policies that would increase Turkey’s isolation in the Eastern Mediterranean and entangle the Turkish nation in battles outside its borders at a time when the Turkish economy is slowly recovering from a severe recession. 

[Libya, 30 December 2019] – The Republican People’s Party (CHP) said on Monday it opposes a motion to be submitted at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey when it opens after recess.

Early today, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs briefed Kemal Kilicdaroglu about the draft bill to deploy troops to Libya after the Government of National Accord (GNA) officially requested Ankara’s military support.

According to Anadolu news agency, Cavusoglu told reporters after a closed-door meeting that lasted for 50 minutes, according to CHP officials, with the leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), “we have told them why we need a resolution, including the threats we face, in terms of our country and the national interests of our country.”

Commenting on the draft bill after his meeting with Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, the (CHP) Deputy Chairman Unal Cevikoz said his party opposed such a motion for the deployment of Turkish troops in Libya.

“We believe we must give priority to diplomacy rather than being a party to a proxy war. What is being done is making preparations to exacerbate the current situation in Libya. We conveyed to Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu that we cannot endorse this motion,” the vice- Chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) told journalists today.

© Al Marsad English (2019)