The head of the African Union (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat, said on Friday he was worried about a possible « interference » in Libya after Turkey’s decision to deploy troops in this chaotic country.
Turkish MPs approved a motion on Thursday allowing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to send soldiers to Libya to support the Tripoli-based government of national unity (GNA) against the offensive of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar ‘Is Libyan.
The AU chief said in a statement on Friday evening « deeply concerned at the deteriorating situation in Libya and the continuing suffering of the Libyan people ».
“The various threats of political or military interference in the internal affairs of the country increase the risk of confrontation, with motivations that have nothing to do with the fundamental interests of the Libyan people and their aspirations for freedom, peace, democracy and development ”, according to its press release.
The AU chief also asked the international community to join Africa in seeking a peaceful settlement to the crisis in Libya, warning of its « dangerous consequences » for the entire continent.
Libya has been in chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011. Two authorities are fighting for control: the UN-recognized GNA and a government and parliament in eastern Libya acquired from Marshal Haftar.