African Union concerned with deteriorating Libyan situation

By ZBC Reporter

THE Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has said he is deeply concerned at the deterioration of the situation in Libya and the continuing suffering of the Libyan people.
The AU Chairperson highlighted that the various threats of political and military inference in the internal affairs of the country increase the risk of a confrontation, whose motives have nothing to do with the fundamental interests of the Libyan people and their aspirations for freedom, peace, democracy and development.
The comments by the AU chairperson come as Turkey’s parliament has authorised President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to send military forces to Libya in order to support the UN-backed government against General Khalifa Haftar.
Turkey’s move is likely to complicate the war in Libya which has been beset by a civil war since 2013 after a disagreement on the election results.
Late on Thursday, the leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Israel called Turkey’s bill allowing troop deployment in Libya a dangerous escalation in the North African country’s civil war and severely threatens stability in the region.
Moussa Faki Mahamat reiterated the African Union’s unwavering commitment to an inclusive political solution in which all political and social actors play the leading role.
The Chairperson has further called on the international community to join efforts with Africa to promote a rapid and peaceful resolution of this crisis, which has dangerous consequences in all respects for the country, the region and the continent as a whole.
Turkey’s move comes after Ankara and the internationally recognised government of Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez al-Serraj signed two separate agreements in November: one on security and military cooperation and another on maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean, infuriating Greece, Israel, Egypt and Cyprus.