Advisor to Erdogan: Turkey Will Implement Maritime Agreement with Libya Regardless of the EU Stance – Al Marsad

Yassin Aktay, Advisor to the Chairman of the Justice and Development Party and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, confirmed in an interview with the Qatari channel Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that his country is steadfast on its stance to move forward with the implementation phase of the controversial maritime boundaries and economic zones jurisdictions delimitation agreement that was concluded with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord on 27 November in Istanbul and which has received international condemnation.

[Libya, 8 December 2019] – Aktay asserted that his country will implement the said agreement regardless of the European Union’s supportive position of both Greece and Cyprus in the face of Turkey-GNA agreement. Both EU countries, in addition to Egypt have categorically rejected and strongly denounced the GNA-Turkey agreement, considering it to be in contravention with the rules and regulations of the United Nations’ Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The Turkish President’s advisor added that once the parliaments of Turkey and Libya ratify the agreement, it will immediately go into effect, and drilling and exploration works will start in line with the provisions of the concluded maritime agreement.

Erdogan’s adviser, during a special interview with the Qatari-sponsored Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed news platform, asked, “Why all this wave of responses from some European Union countries, particularly France, to the Libyan-Turkish agreement, even though Ankara signed it with the internationally recognized legitimate Government of National Accord and not with the ‘war criminal,’ the retired General Khalifa Haftar?”.

Perplexingly, Aktay went on to add additional outlandish statement: “Does that (the GNA-Turkey Agreement) annoy  them, or is it that some countries want to control the natural resources’ wealth of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea without giving Libya its rights. Briefly speaking, Turkey and Libya signed two memoranda of understanding, one of which is about defining the maritime economic zones’ jurisdictions. Both countries will not infringe on any country’s rights within the framework of international law.”

There are calls in diplomatic circles in Europe and countries within the Arab League that is time that the UN withdrew the mandate and recognition it has given to the GNA not only for its association with extremist groups and UN-sanctioned individuals, but also for signing the agreement with Turkey in contravention to the Skhirat agreement.

© Al Marsad English (2019)