Greece and Egypt Reject the Sarraj-Turkey Agreement on Maritime Boundaries – Al Marsad

The Egyptian and Greek Foreign Ministers talks concluded that the Libyan-Turkish signed maritime borders’ demarcation MoU bypassing Crete and Greek Cyprus “has no legal effect” since the Skhirat Libyan Political Agreement does not entitle Sarraj to sign such treaties.

[Libya, 29 November 2019] – Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in a post on his official Twitter account that the attempt to establish an exclusive economic zone between Turkey and Libya was “completely unacceptable” and “beyond all reason.” The Greek Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish Ambassador Burak Ozugergin.

The Greek media source, Kathimerini, reported that Dendia told journalists that “such an effort shows a complete lack of geographic knowledge, because it obviously ignores something that I think everyone can see; that between these two countries lies the large geographical volume of Crete.”

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias

According to the spokesperson of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexandros Gennimatas, “the signing by Turkey and Libya of a memorandum of understanding cannot violate the sovereign rights of third countries … Such an action would be a flagrant violation of the International Law of the Sea and would produce no legal effect”. He added that such a move would also “not be consistent with the principle of good-neighborliness, which should govern relations between neighboring states.”

The maps below show the maritime boundaries of the Eastern Mediterranean countries in accordance with the International Law of the Sea and the other is the illegal map adopted by Turkey and which formed the basis for the maritime borders agreement signed by Turkey and the Tripoli-based GNA.

 

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry: Agreement Violates Skhirat Accord

The Greek announcement comes after a similar Egyptian position which also categorically rejected the agreement signed by Fayez al-Sarraj and Ankara. “The two memoranda of understanding have no legal effect, they cannot be officially recognised in light of the Skhirat Agreement’s Article 8, which stipulates that the [Libyan] government or the cabinet, not the prime minister, have the authority to sign international agreements,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said.

“It is well known that the current Libyan cabinet lacks ministers and representation of different Libyan regions, and thus the role of the prime minister is limited, and so making agreements with other countries is considered a blatant violation of the Skhirat agreement,” the Ministry said.

© Al Marsad English (2019)

 

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