Turkish parliament to discuss Libya troop mandate next week

Turkish parliament to discuss Libya troop mandate next week

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will meet with the leaders of political parties Monday as a proposed mandate to deploy Turkish troops to Libya is likely to be brought to the agenda of the Parliament next week, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.

Cavusoglu will meet with main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) electoral alliance partner Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahceli and opposition Good Party (IP) Chairwoman Meral Akshener to inform them regarding the mandate.

The proposal was materialized following an official demand from the U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital Tripoli, which is under attack by troops linked to strongman Khalifa Haftar based in eastern Libya.

The foreign minister's drive came as an information notice sent from the AK Party's parliamentary group to deputies Monday, revealed that the mandate concerning troop deployment to Libya could be presented to the Parliament by Dec. 30, and the General Assembly could be called for a meeting on the matter as of Jan. 2, calling on the deputies to plan their schedules accordingly and be present during the General Assembly session.

Speaking in the AK Party's provincial chairpersons meeting in the southern Antalya province, Cavusoglu said Turkey is taking the initiative to prevent Libya to further descend into chaos and prevent the partition of the country, unlike the inaction of the Muslim world and its main representing body, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Cavusoglu said Turkey's counterpart in Libya is the legitimate GNA and Ankara concludes deals with Tripoli based on this principle, including the recent military and security deal approved last Saturday by the Parliament and the deal on maritime delimitation in the Mediterranean.

The deal allows Turkey to provide military training and equipment at the request of the Libyan government, which controls the capital, Tripoli, and some of the country's west. Following the military cooperation deal, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara might consider sending troops to Libya if the Tripoli government made such a request, which was conveyed on Thursday.

In a meeting with journalists in the capital Ankara earlier Saturday, Kilicdaroğlu said the CHP will not support the troop deployment mandate, saying that Turkey should be in Libya to make the warring sides reach peace. He argued that such a deployment risks clashing with Haftar's troops, Egypt and Russia. Both countries, along with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and France, are the main backers of Haftar, whereas Turkey, Qatar, Britain and Italy support the GNA.

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