Turkey in favor of political solution in Libya: Top aide
Turkey's presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın on June 12 said Ankara is in favor of a political solution in Libya.
Speaking to reporters after his official visit to Berlin, Kalın said Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar violated the Berlin agreement like many others before it.
Kalın said the Libyan government has recently regained strategic locations and cities from Haftar.
"But of course, the solution must be political, not military. It is important that this becomes a step that will pave the way for a political solution. Turkey is in favor of a political solution here," he said.
Kalın reiterated that Turkey will continue to support Libya's government led by Fayez al-Sarraj.
"As you know, Mr al-Sarraj met President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara last week. President Erdoğan in a joint press conference said Turkey continues to support Libya's legitimate government, Libyan people. Our aim is to establish a legitimate government to represent all Libyans," he added.
Kalın said Turkey will not undermine any call for a cease-fire but it is important to see where this call is coming from and what is the motive.
"When he starts to lose position, he immediately declares a ceasefire and tries to open a space for himself."
Instability in Libya will affect North Africa and the south of Europe from there including NATO's border, said Kalın.
"One of the most important points of illegal immigration is Libya. Because it is very close to Europe. There is Malta right across. It is the neighbor of Italy and Spain. If there is instability in Libya, if the war continues, illegal migration continues, drug trafficking and human trafficking continue, this affects NATO's security as well as Europe's security.