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The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue Warns of Dangerous Escalation in Libya, Qatar and Turkey’s Violation of Arms Embargo Resolutions and Threat to A Peaceful Solution to the Libyan Crisis

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Monday, November 30, 2020

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The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue has warned of the seriousness of recent country and Turkish interventions in Libya and their violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2473, which extends the authorizations contained in Resolution2420 (2018) on the strict implementation of the arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya, the disruption of the Geneva and Berlin route, which provides for a ceasefire, a freeze on military agreements and a halt to external intervention. ‎

The Foundation expressed concern that these activities will destroy the chances of reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis after the success of the dialogue between the Libyan parties, which was recently hosted by Egypt and Tunisia and ended up reaching an agreement to hold elections in Libya in December 2021 and draw up the plan for the next transition, and the primacy of the language of dialogue, and the ceasefire, the foundation stressed that the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Tripoli is fuelled by the continued supply of weapons from turkey’s side, which undermines the reach of a political solution For the crisis that has been going on for nine years.

The foundation said in a statement on Tuesday that there is conclusive evidence of the involvement of Turkey and Qatar in escalating the crisis, where the German army within the European Union Mission (Erini) recently confirmed that it has concrete evidence related to the illegal smuggling of weapons by the Turkish ship Rosalyn A to Libya, before the recent inspection of the Turkish ship and that the European Mission spotted satellite images to unload the ship earlier, for armored military vehicles in the Libyan port of Misrata.

At the same time, Qatar is obstructing the “5+5” security and military agreement by signing a military and security agreement with the Libyan Government of Reconciliation, which allows it to have a military presence on Libyan territory, including the establishment of Qatar’s military airbase in Misrata and the granting of Qatar a military presence and logistical facilities at military headquarters of the government of reconciliation forces in the west of the country in exchange for Qatar supplying military equipment and training several Syrian mercenaries in Doha before traveling to work at the airbase.

The foundation called on the Security Council and UN agencies to act to stop such interventions, which threaten a political solution to the crisis and increase the chances of military confrontations in Libya rekindling in a way that jeopardizes Libyans’ rights to life and security.

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