Greece ready to send ‘forces’ to Libya to monitor ceasefire

—17.01.20-By EURACTIV Network

 9:50 (updated:  14:31)

In the meantime, France reiterated yesterday its opposition to the MoU. Athens seems to heavily rely on Paris over the issue, considering that President Emmanuel Macron is the only EU leader that has publicly backed Greece both at NATO and EU level. [EPA/HARIS AKRIVIADIS / GREEK FOREIGN]
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ATHENS. Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has strongly criticised Germany’s decision not to invite Greece at a German-hosted summit on Sunday (19 January) on the Libyan crisis. He said that he had already spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about it and would do so again today.

Meanwhile, General Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the Tobruk-based Libyan National Army, has visited Athens. This visit makes the puzzle of Mediterranean politics more complicated.

“We had a long conversation with General Haftar on all matters: The situation in Libya, the conference in Berlin and the next day in Libya and the wider area. We want a ceasefire, removal of mercenaries and cancellation of illegal memoranda,” Greek foreign minister Nikos Dendias said.

Dendias added that Greece was ready to help the next day in Libya “with forces” to help monitor the ceasefire and the arms embargo. “All of this is a contribution to the future of the Libyan people. We want it to be a modern democratic country”.In the meantime, following a question of EURACTIV France’s Aline Robert, Paris reiterated yesterday its opposition to the MoU. EURA

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