Egyptian Parliamentarian Says Erdogan Should Be Tried For War Crimes

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The Director of the Center for Middle East Studies in Paris (CEMO) and Member of Egyptian Parliament Abdel-Rahim Ali described Turkey’s recent actions in Libya as an invasion and occupation.

Ali said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should be tried as a war criminal before the International Criminal Court in The Hague due to the severity of his government’s operations in Libya, including the recruitment of extremists in Syria to take part in the conflict.

The Turkish government wished to turn Libya into a war zone, he alleged, calling on the international community to intervene swiftly to stop Turkey’s invasion and aggression in Libya.

He emphasized that what Turkey was doing was unacceptable interference in Libya’s internal affairs, asking “what are the United Nations and the Security Council waiting for? After the terrorist and criminal operations carried out by the Turkish regime and declaring to the whole world that it will seize the Libyan oil and the capabilities of the Libyan people?”.

The Egyptian parliamentarian appealed to the legitimate political forces inside Libya and to the Libyan people to stand behind the Libyan National Army, headed by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. This is to confront the Turkish invasion of Libya that seeks to control the wealth of the Libyan people.

Ali appreciated the French and Italian positions on the issue of arms smuggling to Libya. France and Italy have asserted the necessity to reinvigorate the Berlin Peace Process in Libya and stressed that there was no military solution to the conflict.