Libyan Parliament Decries Turkish Agreement

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On Wednesday, the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh sent a letter to the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit regarding the “invalidity of any memorandums of understanding concluded by the Government of National Unity (GNU) headed by Abdel Hamid Dbaiba.” He noted that they “have no legal effect and do not bind the Libyan state.”

The Parliament’s Spokesman, Abdullah Blaiheg said that the “GNU’s mandate had constitutionally ended, in accordance with the terms of the political agreement. It failed to carry out its duties and tasks specified in the roadmap issued by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) issued in December 2020.”

“This government hasn’t sought to maintain the country’s national unity, but rather divided the Libyan people, and allied itself with militias in order to stay in power. In addition to working to obstruct the holding of elections. This government failed to put an end to the clashes between its affiliated militias and gangs in Tripoli. At least 40 Libyans were killed during the clashes in Tripoli on 27 August,” the letter read.

Blaihaig said that the GNU was in violation of the tenth paragraph of Article VI, of the LPDF. This stipulates that “the executive authority shall not consider, during the preliminary stage, new or previous agreements or decisions that harm the stability of the foreign relations of the Libyan state, or impose long-term obligations on it.”

“Committing this deliberate violation would destabilize the security and stability of the eastern Mediterranean region, and with the neighbouring countries of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus,” he added.

On Monday, the GNU signed two memoranda of understanding on oil and gas with Turkey.

Foreign Minister, Najla Al-Mangoush said in a press conference: “The memorandum of understanding is in the interest of both countries, and contributes to solving the global crisis regarding energy and gas.”