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12:00 AM, January 28, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 28, 2020

Erdogan says Libya crisis cannot be solved by ‘military means’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Libyan crisis could not be solved by “military means”, after talks Sunday with his Algerian counterpart in Algiers.

Algeria, which shares a 1,000-kilometre (620-mile) border with Libya, is trying to mediate a political settlement to the conflict gripping its neighbour that threatens regional stability.

“We have said from the beginning that the Libyan crisis would not be resolved through military means,” Erdogan told reporters after meeting Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

“We are in intense negotiations with the countries of the region and with international actors to secure the ceasefire and facilitate the return to political dialogue in Libya,” Erdogan told reporters.

Libya has been mired in chaos since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising that killed longtime dictator Moamer Gaddafi, with two rival administrations vying for power.

The conflict deepened last year when military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who controls much of the south and east of Libya, launched an assault in April to seize Tripoli, base of the UN-recognised Government of National Accord.

Ankara has sent military aid to the GNA, while Algiers last week hosted a meeting of Libya’s neighbours that rejected “any foreign interference” in that country and called for a negotiated settlement.

Tebboune said he was “in complete agreement” with Erdogan on the need to “follow what was decided in Berlin” last Sunday, when world players called for an end to foreign interference in Libya and a resumption of the peace process.

“We are working together for peace through daily and precise monitoring of all developments on the ground,” he said.

Erdogan’s visit came as the UN mission in Libya said weapons were pouring into the North African country in violation of a 2011 Security Council resolution, and despite commitments by world powers in Berlin.

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