Europe to face new threats if Libya govt falls, Turkey key for peace, Erdoğan says
With the peaceful resolution of the Libyan crisis on the agenda for a second time this week, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Saturday that Turkey is key to peace in the war-weary country, warning Europe of the threat of an escalation in the conflict, Daily Sabah reports.
Erdoğan's remarks came ahead of Sunday’s Berlin conference on Libya in an article he penned for U.S.-based Politico website titled "The road to peace in Libya goes through Turkey."
"It would be a mistake of historic proportions to leave Libya at the mercy of a warlord,” Erdoğan said, referring to the leader of eastern Libyan forces, putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar.
Erdoğan warned Europe that it could face new threats if it fails to back Libya’s U.N.-recognized government, the Government of National Accord (GNA).
"EU’s potential failure to adequately support Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) would be a betrayal of its own core values, including democracy and human rights,” Erdoğan said.
''Moreover, Europe would encounter a fresh set of problems and threats if Libya’s legitimate government were to fall,'' he added. Erdoğan went on the say: "The obvious choice for Europe is to work with Turkey” as it is not much interested in providing military support to Libya.