US Ambassador to Greece: The GNA-Turkey MOUs Undermine Regional Stability – Al Marsad

The US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, said at the sidelines of the Annual Greek Summit organised by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, said that maritime borders agreement, referring to the one signed between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey, would undermine regional stability.

[Libya, 3 December 2019] – Speaking to reporters after delivering a speech at the annual Greek Economic Summit in Athens, Pyatt said that while the US had not yet seen the text of the agreement, “we certainly see such a move as detracting from the situation of stability that the United States has sought to encourage.”

“We have consistently made clear our appreciation for the steps that Prime Minister Mitsotakis and his government have taken, literally from their first days in office, to help ensure that the channels of communication between Athens and Ankara are open and to make clear that Greece is not seeking escalation, is not seeking provocation”, said Ambassador Pyatt.

The last few days have since intense diplomatic activity from the HOR, the LNA, LIAS, the Western tribes and other institutions in Libya, along with Greece, Cyprus, Egypt and France, since the announcement of the signing between the Turkish government in Ankara two MOUs, one on security cooperation between the two countries, and the second on the maritime boundaries demarcation and jurisdiction areas.

Athens expressed its anger and rejection of the maritime memorandum of understanding concluded between the UN- appointed Government of National Accord and Ankara Government. The new Libyan-Turkish agreement denotes new demarcation of the maritime boundaries between the two countries even though the island of Crete and its continental shelf are clearly located within these borders. The Piraeus-based Greek television network, SKAI, quoted the Hellenic Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, as saying, “If we do not reach an agreement by 6 December 2019, we will declare the Libyan Ambassador to Athens, a persona non grata and he will have to leave.”

Meanwhile, the Republic of Greece has reportedly sent an official invitation to the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives (HOR), Chancellor Aguila Saleh, to visit the Greek capital and discuss with senior officials there the latest developments, including the controversial maritime agreement between the Tripoli government and Turkey, and the strong stances of the HOR in the face of that agreement.

Chancellor Aguila demanded yesterday that both the United Nations and the League of Arab States withdraw their recognition of the Government of National Accord (GNA), considering the aforementioned memorandum as null and void according to Libyan laws and the provisions of the UN-brokered Skhirat Libyan Political Agreement that brought into existence the GNA itself.

Furthermore, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Sunday that Athens would seek support from NATO at its summit this week in London after Ankara signed the agreement with the Tripoli government.

© Al Marsad English (2019)


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