Greek Foreign Minister Voices Concern Over Escalating Tensions in Libya

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On Wednesday, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias voiced his concern over the escalating tensions in Libya.

He added that Athens understands the Egyptian Parliament’s decision to approve intervention in Libya.

In a meeting with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, Dendias stressed the importance of abiding by resolutions made during the Berlin Conference and announcing an immediate ceasefire between the warring parties.

He added that the Egyptian decision aims to defend the county’s western border and expressed his fears that Libya would become a new Syria.

The Greek Minister pointed out that Turkey’s illegal and provocative behavior has a serious impact not only on peace and stability in the eastern Mediterranean, but also on NATO’s cohesion and its relations with the European Union.

He accused Ankara of ignoring the EU’s call to end this behavior, saying: “It ignores our desire to respect international law, and ignores our desire to respect its obligations”.

The Greek Foreign Minister pointed out that the peace process, which solely aims to impose a complete arms embargo, was a positive step in resolving the Libyan crisis.

He emphasized that this solution will not be viable, as long as foreign interference continues in Libya.

Egypt’s Parliament on Monday approved a proposal authorizing military intervention in neighboring Libya.

This comes a month after Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi threatened military intervention if forces aligned with the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey attempted an offensive Sirte and Al-Jufra airbase.