By Erdogan Cagatay Zontur and Jeyhun Aliyev
ANKARA (AA) - Turkey will not leave Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj alone, and it is “determined to provide as much support as it can,” Turkish president said Friday.
Speaking in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “We are determined not to leave Libyan brothers alone during these difficult days."
"Supporting Libya's Government of National Accord [GNA] is not an option, but an obligation pursuant to the UN Resolution 2259.
"Turkey and Germany are giving priority to the solution of problems through dialogue, urging the sides common sense and sanity,” he added.
Merkel said: “Fragile cease-fire in Libya must be turned into a permanent one.
“Articles agreed at Berlin summit on Libya will be approved by the UN Security Council,” she added.
On Jan. 12, parties in Libya announced a cease-fire in response to a joint call by the leaders of Turkey and Russia. But talks for a permanent cease-fire ended without an agreement after renegade commander Khalifa Haftar left Moscow without signing the deal.
On Sunday, Haftar accepted terms in Berlin to designate members to a UN-proposed military commission with five members from each side to monitor the implementation of the cease-fire.
Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: one in eastern Libya supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the other in Tripoli, which enjoys the UN and international recognition.
Haftar’s military offensive against the GNA has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people since April last year.
- Syrians fleeing Idlib towards Turkey
Turkish president said it is a "humanitarian responsibility" of the EU and European countries to provide more and immediate assistance to Syrians.
Merkel, on her turn, said her country is ready to provide financial aid to improve the humanitarian situation of Syrians fleeing the conflict-hit province of Idlib.
She also said Germany could support the construction of shelters for civilians fleeing towards Turkey from Idlib.
Turkey and Russia agreed in September 2018 to turn Idlib, Syria into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.
Since then, more than 1,300 civilians there have been killed in attacks by the Bashar al-Assad regime and Russian forces as the cease-fire continued to be violated.
More than 1 million Syrians have moved near the Turkish border due to intense attacks over the last year.