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World Libyan conflict: tension will rise between France and Turkey

21:25  30 june  2020
21:25  30 june  2020 Source:   france24.com

Egypt ready to intervene "directly" in Libya if the GNA progresses

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Le président turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan et le président Emmanuel Macron lors d'un sommet sur la Syrie organisé à Istanbul, le 27 octobre 2018. © Ozan Kose, AFP (archives) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Emmanuel Macron at a summit on Syria organized in Istanbul, October 27 2018.

A "historic and criminal responsibility" of Turkey in the Libyan conflict. Emmanuel Macron went up a notch on Monday, in the escalation of tensions with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while diplomatic clashes between Paris and Ankara have multiplied in recent weeks.

Week after week, the verbal contest between Paris and Ankara over the war in Libya, where they accuse each other of "obstructing peace" continues to gain momentum. Monday June 29, President Emmanuel Macron estimated that Turkey had "historical and criminal responsibility" in the Libyan conflict as a country that "claims to be a member of NATO".

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"We are at a time of essential clarification of Turkish policy in Libya, which is unacceptable to us," added Emmanuel Macron during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in Meseberg, Germany.

The head of state also accused Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdogan of not respecting "none of its commitments from the Berlin conference" organized in January, and of "increasing its military presence in Libya and massively re-importing combatants jihadists from Syria ", in violation of the United Nations embargo.

An exit much more muscular than when the French presidency had denounced, in mid-June, the "unacceptable" interventionism of Ankara, then, on June 22, a " dangerous game " Turkish in Libya, in which Emmanuel Macron saw a new demonstration of NATO's "brain death".

Ankara sweeps the warning of Cairo on Libya

 Ankara sweeps the warning of Cairo on Libya LIBYA-SECURITY-TURKEY-EGYPT: Ankara sweeps the warning of Cairo on Libya © Reuters / LUCAS JACKSON ANKARA SWEEPS THE WARNING OF CAIRO ON LIBYA ANKARA (Reuters) - A senior Turkish official dismissed the warning issued last weekend by the Egyptian president, who threatened to intervene directly in Libya, saying that nothing would prevent Ankara from supporting his supporters Libyan allies.

Turkey's direct and displayed intervention in Libya has reversed the balance of power in favor of the government of national unity (GNA) camp, recognized by the international community and supported by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And this, at the expense of the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, supported by Russia and Egypt. A marshal now losing speed that France, although she denies it, also argued, accuses the Turks .

Ankara denounces the "destructive mentality" of France

In response to the French president, Turkey strongly denounced Tuesday the "destructive" approach of France in Libya, accusing it of seeking to strengthen the presence of Russia in this country torn apart by a civil war since 2011.

"France, which Macron directs or rather that he cannot manage at the moment, is found (in Libya) only to pursue his interests with a destructive mentality", replied the head of Turkish diplomacy Mevlüt Cavusoglu.

Emmanuel Macron denounces the "dangerous game" of Turkey in Libya

 Emmanuel Macron denounces the © Supplied by Le Point Emmanuel Macron denounced on Monday the "dangerous game" of the Turkey in Libya , seeing it as a direct threat to the region and for Europe . "Today I consider that Turkey is playing a dangerous game in Libya and is violating all of its commitments made at the Berlin conference," he said after an interview with his Tunisian counterpart Kais. Saied at the Élysée.

"What must be questioned and criticized is the policy of France, more precisely that of Macron (...) Macron should realize that attacking Turkey in this way will not bring him anything on the domestic policy front. I hope he will learn from it, "he added.

Last week, a source in the French presidency explained that Turkey's "excesses" in Libya and the eastern Mediterranean pose a strategic challenge that goes beyond a simple "Franco-Turkish quarrel".

"We are not in a Franco-Turkish quarrel, we have here a real strategic challenge which is posed and which is due to the excesses of President Erdogan in Libya but also in the eastern Mediterranean", said this source quoted by Reuters.

Limited room for maneuver

In the firing line of the Élysée are notably gas and oil exploitation and exploration activities, in the definition of economic zones in a manner which does not comply with the Montego Bay Convention, and " the contradiction of the game in Syria in the north-east and in the north-west and a risk-taking in Libya ".

Paris has never digested the Turkish offensive launched in October 2019 against Syrian Kurdish militias engaged alongside the Americans and Europeans in the fight against the Islamic State organization.

Without counting the recent "maritime incident" which pitted a French Navy frigate on June 10 against Turkish Navy ships. A Turkish maneuver perceived as "extremely aggressive".

The fact remains that Europeans, and in particular France, have very little room for maneuver against Recep Tayyip Erdogan who, on the contrary, has several cards in hand to put pressure on Europe, to start with that of the blackmail linked to the flows of migrants, from Greece and, from now on, from Libya.

With AFP and Reuters

Turkey warns it will respond if EU takes fresh measures against it .
Turkey warns it will respond if EU takes fresh measures against itANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will respond with its own steps if the European Union imposes further sanctions on Ankara, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday after meeting the EU's top diplomat.

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