While Marshal Khalifa Haftar called on his forces to take up arms again to “drive out the Turkish occupier”, France calls on him to “refrain from any resumption of hostilities”.
France called on December 28, 2020 Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strongman of eastern Libya, to “refrain from any resumption of hostilities” and to “focus” on the search for a political solution .
“There is no military solution in Libya. The priority goes to the implementation of the ceasefire agreement of 23 October 2020 which provides for the departure of foreign forces and mercenaries, as well as to the continuation of the political process under the authority of the United Nations ” said a deputy spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry before adding: “We call on all Libyan parties to support this process, to refrain from any resumption of hostilities and to focus on the appointment of a new executive and the organization of the electoral deadlines scheduled for December 24, 2021, as decided by the Libyan Political Forum, under the auspices of the United Nations. ”
Marshal Haftar wants to “drive out the occupier”
Marshal Khalifa Haftar called on his forces to take up arms again to “drive out the Turkish occupier”, in a speech on December 24 on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of Libya’s independence.
Turkey, which militarily supports the Government of National Unity (GNA), recognized by the UN, then warned that it would respond to any attack against its forces in Libya.
France, very involved in recent years in the search for a political solution in Libya, is regularly suspected of supporting Marshal Haftar, which it denies. After the Turkish military intervention in January and the failure of the offensive launched by Marshal Haftar on Tripoli, the cards were partly reshuffled in the Libyan conflict.
Interlibyan talks also ended with an agreement on national elections in December 2021, but not on the heads of the executive supposed to accompany the transition.