Federation of African Journalists Calls to Halt Turkish Military Intervention in Libya

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In a statement published on Friday, the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) called upon the international community, the United Nations, and the African Union to take strict measures to end Turkish military intervention in Libya.

According to ANA news, the FAJ called on the international community to litigate against the actions of Turkish officials, headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or bear the results of this blatant aggression that harms the Libyan people and the people of the region.

They also called on the Arab League to reformulate the concept of Arab national security.
 
The Federation condemned Turkey’s violation of international laws and its continuing to exacerbate the dangerous situation of the Libyan people by turning their lands into “headquarters for terrorist groups” and taking advantage of the world’s preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement.

The FAJ stressed confirmed information indicating that Turkey has so far sent 17,000 mercenaries to Libya. Per the Federation, this could lead to the destruction of Libya and the broader region, as many of those foreign fighters are considered to pose terrorism threats.

The Federation added that it has become clear that the strategy practiced by Turkey in Libya is to apply pressure on the European Union to accept its role in negotiating the fate of Libya.

One of this strategy’s objectives is to expand Turkish presence in North Africa and even to project Turkish power over regional waters. The FAJ shares the opinion, popular amongst the Arab Triad, that Turkey is expanding its influence across Africa, particularly the Sahel states with the support of groups deemed to be “terrorists”.

The Federation is following with great interest the events in Libya and the suffering of its people as a result of the international community’s failure in performing its duties to achieve stability.

The FAJ called on the international community to give priority to the interest of the Libyan people by conducting a political dialogue that allows them to choose who takes power.