This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
FRANCE has condemned Turkey’s “aggressive” intervention in Libya in support of the Tripoli-based government, which has included flooding the North African country with thousands of jihadists.
The statement by a French presidential official came a few days after protesters took to the streets of the eastern city of Benghazi on Friday to demand an end to Turkish interference.
Paris has been angered by an “even more aggressive and insistent stance from Turkey, with seven Turkish ships deployed off the Libyan coast and violations of the arms embargo,” according to the official, who did not wish to be named.
“The Turks are behaving in an unacceptable manner and are exploiting Nato. France cannot just stand by,” he said.
The warning came after Turkey blocked a European Union naval mission from investigating a ship suspected of breaching the United Nations arms embargo on Wednesday in waters off the Libyan coast.
This latest war of words between the two nations follows a spat last autumn in which French President Emmanuel Macron lambasted Ankara for its invasion and occupation of largely Kurdish areas in northern Syria.
But France has itself been accused of breaching the arms embargo and is believed to support the Libyan National Army (LNA) headed by General Khalifa Hiftar.
Last year, Paris was forced to deny that it had suppled four French-bought Javelin missiles that had been found in an abandoned LNA camp. It admitted having owned the weapons, but insisted that they had been lost by its operatives.
Friday’s demonstrators in Benghazi demanded an end to Turkish meddling in Libya through “criminals, murders, militias and dark groups,” accusing Ankara of trying to secure access to lucrative oil fields off the Libyan coast.
Turkey is believed to have transferred thousands of jihadist fighters from the battlefields of Syria to Libya, which has helped the Western-backed Government of National Accord retake control of strategic areas around Tripoli.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.