Belgium: Demonstrators protest Turkish intervention in Libya amid EU summit

As EU leaders are convening for an extraordinary summit, dozens of protesters rallied by the European Parliament in Brussels, on Friday, to protest Turkey's intervention in Libya. Demonstrators were seen with signs reading «Stop Erdogan» and «Turkey is preventing peace in Libya.» «The conditions that the Arab region is going through and the instability and wars in Libya, Syria and Iraq are a direct consequence of factors, interference by foreign countries and in particular Turkey,» said a protester as he was addressing the crowd. The director of International council for Diplomacy and dialogue, Eric Gozlan, said that their rally is also a warning to Europe. «Because by sending mercenaries in Libya, we know very well that these mercenaries will then go to North Africa, as they have already done it, and from North Africa they will go to Europe,» he added. At the Berlin conference on January 19, world leaders agreed on upholding a UN arms embargo and implementing a ceasefire in Libya. On January 2, the Turkish Parliament approved a motion to deploy Turkish troops to Libya to aid the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) for one year.

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