LNA Spox: We are at war with Turkey, the cease-fire agreement is only out of respect for efforts by the international community

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 08 Dec 2020, 11:42 PM
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Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari said Tuesday that his forces "are at war with Turkey, a real confrontation, exacerbated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan."

"We are at war with Turkey, we have entered into a real confrontation where no one has declared an end to the fighting, but we have declared a ceasefire out of respect for the efforts of the international community and the wishes of Libyans to end the war," Al-Mismari told Sky News Arabia on Tuesday.

"The Turkish ship intercepted by the LNA on Monday, had entered a restricted military area," he said. On Monday night, LNA forces announced the interception of a Turkish vessel, which was heading towards the western port of Misrata, in violation of the arms embargo imposed on Libya.

"Since 2016, we have banned even Libyan fishing boats from entering the Libyan military zone, we were surprised that the Turkish ship entered this area, without the coordination or knowledge of the Libyan coast guard."

"We appealed to the ship and it did not respond to us, nor did it carry out the international procedures in this situation. So there are three mistakes by the ship's captain."

Al-Mismari said, "We are now waiting for the implementation of the removal of foreigners according to the 90-day deadline set by the United Nations mission, if the mission succeeds in removing them, we Libyans are very easy to understand."

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