Nordic Monitor reveals new information about Turkish involvement in Libya

A report published by the Norwegian Nordic Monitor, that the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in order to protect the companies of the country involved in arms smuggling to Libya.

The Turkish government has sometimes refused to respond to inquiries by a panel of experts from the United Nations that were investigating countries violating international laws on Libya, particularly with regard to weapons smuggling, according to a report published by Nordic Monitor.

According to a UN Security Council document, on January 3, Erdogan's government responded to UN inquiries only 4 times, while refusing to provide detailed information on a large number of questions.

UN experts asked Turkish officials a number of questions about explosives and detonators found in January 2018 aboard the Andromeda ship.

According to media reports, the ship was on its way to the Libyan port of Misrata before it was stopped by the Greek authorities, adding that Turkey-based Orica-Nitro, a producer and distributor of the explosives found on board the ship, in turn contracted with a second Turkish company to ship these weapons to Libya.

The cargo company loaded 29 containers of explosives aboard the vessel on November 19, 2018, from the Turkish port of Mersin.

The second incident that United Nations experts investigated and reported on was the report of the Monitor on the transfer of arms from Misrata to Benghazi.

The operation took place on May 1, 2017, when a ship laden with weapons, ammunition and was stopped, later found to be made in Turkey. The boxes were found to have a trademark of a Turkish company based in Ankara.

The United Nations document indicated that the Turkish response to all questions was mostly "negation, denial and providing answers far from the context of questions".

And added "Arms smuggling increases insecurity and poses a continuing threat to peace in Libya and neighboring countries."

"Turkey has also been investigated in cases related to oil smuggling," she said. "On October 6, 2017, the Libyan Coast Guard stopped a vessel allegedly involved in the smuggling of fuel.

"Another Turkish company was involved in oil smuggling after the Libyan Coast Guard intercepted a Turkish ship on August 29, 2017 loaded with 1,000 tons of diesel."



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