Libyan Army: Turkish Presence in Tripoli will Obstruct any Dialogue


On Monday, the spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, said that no official outcomes have yet been released on the Libyan 5+5 talks in Geneva.

In a press statement, Al-Mismari added that the exit of the Turks from the Libyan arena is necessary for the success of the talks.

He indicated that Turkey is seeking by all means to thwart the Libyan dialogue, for fear of reaching a political consensus that would lead to its complete elimination from Libya.

The LNA spokesman pointed out that Turkey is also working to hinder all talks with the aim of keeping Fayez Al-Sarraj, the head of the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Presidential Council.

Speaking about the ongoing Libyan dialogue, Al-Mismari said: “We are putting all our capabilities at the disposal of the Libyan people in order to reach solutions based on national constants and good intentions.”

He added that the country is suffering from a security crisis rather than a political one, urging all participants in the Libyan talks to act on such basis.

Al-Mismari also clarified that Turkey’s and Qatar’s continued finance to terrorist operations, and provision of political and religious cover, have led to the escalation of tension and violence in Libya. He also pointed out that the efforts being made by some regional and international powers are not sufficient to reach a political settlement.

He called for further international guarantees, in addition to achieving internal consensus.

Notably, the fourth round of the Libyan (5+5) Joint Military Commission (JMC) talks at the Palais des Nations has begun in Geneva with the participation of delegations from the two parties to the conflict in Libya.

UNSMIL said that the work of the 5+5 JMC, the security track, is one of the three intra-Libyan tracks along with the economic and political tracks which emerged from the 2020 Berlin Conference on Libya.