Source: Dubai – Arabic.net
France, Germany and Italy announced their willingness to “consider” the possibility of sanctions against foreign powers that violate the arms embargo to Libya, according to a joint statement issued by the leaders of the three countries today, Saturday.
“We urge all foreign parties to stop their growing interference and fully respect the arms embargo imposed by the Security Council,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a joint statement.
The three European leaders expressed in the statement – issued on the sidelines of European talks in Brussels dealing with the economic recovery plan – “their willingness to consider the possible resort to sanctions if the embargo continues to be broken by sea, land or air.”
They added, “We call on all parties in Libya, as well as their foreign supporters, to immediately stop the fighting,” expressing “their great concern” over the escalation of military tension in the country. ”But the statement did not refer to any country by name.
For his part, European Commissioner for External Relations, Josep Borrell, confirmed today, Saturday, that the European Union has no interest in seeing Turkish and Russian military bases in Libyan territory.
In an interview with the German newspaper “Der Spiegel”, Borrell said: “We have no interest in seeing Turkish and Russian military bases off the coast of Italy.”
Borrell considered the crisis of relations between the European Union and Turkey “the greatest challenge in European foreign policy.”
Borrell expressed the hope that Germany – which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union – “will formulate a comprehensive agreement between the union and Turkey.”
Turkish influence has increased recently in Libya, after Ankara signed agreements, including military ones, with the Al-Wefaq government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj. Turkey has sent soldiers, mercenaries and various weapons to Libya to support the reconciliation forces. Turkey also controlled some Libyan military bases.
In return, the United States and some parties accuse Russia Send mercenaries and weapons to support the Libyan National Army.
For its part, the European Union repeatedly expresses its concern and displeasure About Turkey’s behavior, And invites her to respect her international obligations.
Borrell said after a meeting of EU foreign ministers last week:Our relations with Turkey have been undermined by unilateral measures Taken by Turkey and which is contrary to our interests. ”
The Europeans accuse Turkey of violating the United Nations’ arms embargo on Libya. The file of migrants and oil exploration off the coast of Cyprus also exacerbate tensions between the European Union and Ankara.