Turkish Parliament is Expected to Approve a Motion Authorizing Military Intervention in Libya – Al Marsad

The Turkish Parliament convenes in a few hours to vote on granting a one-year mandate to the Turkish government to deploy troops in Libya. It seems Turkish parliamentarians are likely to favour of passing the motion as both the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) can easily pass the draft bill today at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

[Libya, 2 January 2020] – The Turkish vice-President, Fuat Oktay, commented on the defense and security draft bill that will be debated today in an emergency meeting of the parliament, saying that the motion authorizing deployment of Turkish troops to Libya will cover a twelve months mandate, so Turkish troops “can be sent whenever needed.”

Meanwhile, Ankara continued its political maneuvers, at the presidential level, in the face of a pan-Libya, regional, and international rejection and condemnation of the anticipated voting’s result. The Turkish President Erdogan said yesterday that if the Libyan National Army (LNA), commanded by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, halts its advance towards Tripoli, Turkey may hold off from sending troops to Libya, while Fuat Oktay, Erdogan’s Deputy said, “we hope that there is no need for sending troops to Libya, it will have a deterrent role and the parties will understand this message correctly.”

Ankara’s misleading statements cannot hide the fact that it has already ignored the UN arms embargo by supplying its ally in Tripoli, the Government of National Accord (GNA) and its aligned militias and armed groups, military equipment, particularly drones and armoured vehicles. In addition, Turkey has been facilitating the supply of militants and jihadis to Tripoli from its control areas in northern Syria.

The Turkey-GNA Security and Military Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding that was concluded on 27 November 2019, allows for the provision of training, defense consultancy,  military planning, logistical support and military experience transfer by Turkey for the establishment of a Rapid Deployment Force in Libya.

© Al Marsad English (2019)

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