LNA Says Turkey’s Interference Is Weakening Geneva Ceasefire

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On Saturday, the Director of the Moral Guidance Department of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Brigadier General Khalid Al-Mahjoub said that the ongoing deployment of militias and mercenaries on the front lines had impeded the full implementation of the Geneva Ceasefire deal that was signed on October 23, 2020.

The Geneva Ceasefire deal stipulated that that all military units and armed groups on the front lines shall return to their camps.

This will be “accompanied by the departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters from all Libyan territory, land, air and sea within a maximum period of three months from today.”

In press statements, Al-Mahjoub explained that Turkey’s continued interference is one of the main reasons why the implementation of some deal provisions has failed.

The press statement cited that Turkish interference takes place in many ways, such as by providing the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) with mercenaries and weapons by concluding military training agreements with them and through the Turkish parliament’s approval to extend the presence of its forces in Libya.

Al-Mahjoub also argued that GNA officials have no intention of expelling mercenaries before achieving their personal political interests.

During the last meeting of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), he stressed the need to continue implementing all the provisions of the Geneva Ceasefire deal, expelling all mercenaries and foreign fighters from the country.

In addition, he reiterated the need to oblige all countries, sponsoring the ceasefire deal and the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) to ensure the full implementation of all the provisions of the deal and referring to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).