UGTT to make every effort to ensure Tunisian territory would not be used as starting point for foreign intervention in Libya
31/05/2020 20:38, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), on Sunday, affirmed its mobilisation alongside national forces to "thwart by all means any attempts to use Tunisian territory as a starting point for a US, Turkish or other intervention in Libya".

In a statement issued by its Executive Committee on Sunday, the UGTT pledged to "pull all forces together and exert all means of pressure to prohibit (any attempt to) drag Tunisia into the axis policy".

The labour organisation calls on all levels of authority to stick to a position of refusal of any alignment and to protect the country from any involvement in the destruction of Libya and the massacre of its people.

"The UGTT's position," the statement said, "comes at a time when the threats are increasing: Tunisian politicians have become entangled in the support of one side or the other, in addition to statements by the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) unveiling a strategy to exploit Tunisian territory for US intervention in the Libyan conflict.

The UGTT calls, in this respect, on the President of the Republic and patriotic MPs to "submit a legislative initiative prohibiting anyone, whatever their position and their strength, from dragging Tunisia into the axis policy against the interest of Tunisia, our Libyan brothers and peoples in the Arab region".

The labour organisation calls on the Tunisian authorities, and in particular the President of the Republic, who is constitutionally empowered, to take all security and sovereign measures to guarantee the protection of the borders and prohibit the movement of terrorists to and from Libya.

The point is not to repeat the criminal experience of sending thousands of young people to the hotbeds of tension and conflict, it added.

The UGTT reiterates its rejection of any foreign intervention in Libya which it considers a direct occupation, calling for the need to impose an inter-Libyan settlement to the crisis through dialogue which must be preceded by the cessation of all hostilities.

"The situation in Libya is worsening after the direct intervention of several countries and the transfer of thousands of terrorists who have suffered severe setbacks in Syria", deplores the UGTT.

This explosive situation constitutes a direct threat to Tunisia in terms of its territorial integrity, security, and economic and social situation, warns the UGTT.

In a statement issued last Friday, AFRICOM raised the possibility of using a security assistance brigade on Tunisian soil in connection with developments in Libya.

The U.S. embassy in Tunis said Saturday that "about the security forces assistance brigade mentioned in the AFRICOM press release, it is a simple training unit in the framework of a military assistance programme, which in no way involves military combat forces".

The Defense Department said in a statement released May 28 that Defence Minister Imed Hazgui had a telephone conversation with AFRICOM Commander Stephen Townsend.

The conversation focused on "military cooperation between the two countries and ways to strengthen it.

The two sides agreed to "reschedule bilateral activities, including joint exercises that had been postponed due to the health emergency," according to the same source.

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