Greece has ordered the expulsion of the Libyan ambassador in an escalation of a dispute over a controversial deal signed between Libya and Turkey. This deal is signed by Libya’s UN – supported government and Turkey on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean.
Direct talks between the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, on the margins of the NATO London Summit failed to resolve the issue over Turkish-Libyan claim to an exclusive economic zone.
Can Maritime Memorandum between Turkey – Libya officially go into effect?
EU expressed the solidarity and support to Greece and Cyprus, after MoU between Libya and Turkey.
Turkish and Libyan governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea as well as a deal on expanded security and military cooperation. This memorandum is arbitrary and illegal since it completely ignores the International Law of the Sea and the legitimate rights of other states in the region.
EU warns Turkey to avoid actions threatening peace and good relations.
The EPP fully supports the Council’s efforts to prevent and put an end to Turkey’s illegal activities, and remains committed to take all necessary initiatives to this end.
Turkey and Libyamust respect international law!
Libya is a country rich in oil and gas reserves that borders important Mediterranean trade routes. The country’s destabilization aroused the avarice of various international players, including the Turkish government. Turkey’s deal with Libya maps out a boundary in the east of the Mediterranean Sea, but in the middle is the Greek island of Crete and violates the sovereign rights of Greece. Israel and Egypt are also involved in this increasingly bitter controversy.
Turkish-Libyan deal over maritime boundaries violates EU borders and international law!
Macron also warned Turkey for its Pirate action in the eastern Mediterranean!