Financial Times Deceived: Mediterranean Tensions It Feared Today Were Crystallized Last Week – Al Marsad

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The following quote was published in the Financial Times today:

Athens and Ankara have been at odds for decades over control of the Aegean Sea as a whole but the Turkish-GNA accord marks the first time that Greece faces a challenge to its sovereignty in the Sea of Crete. Greek officials fear that Turkey wants to extend a dispute with Cyprus over undersea gas and oil exploration by challenging Greek mineral rights in waters south of Crete. According to an article published in the Financial Times of London Speaking before a parliamentary committee on Thursday, Turkey’s deputy foreign minister, Yavuz Selim Kiran, said the deal sent an “important message” to the international community on Turkey’s determination to stand its ground. [Financial Times]

[Libya, 9 December 2019] – As a result of the Ottoman Libyans signing the 2007 Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) treaty with the Turks on 27 November, Libya is now an actor in the long-standing grand opera staged by Greece and Turkey. It is extremely unwise to bet on a simple ending of an opera that has lasted so long, certainly not in the short term. It seems that the Fat Lady needs to be forced onto the stage by a supporting actor rather than depending on one of the two main protagonists in order for the Opera to end.

With the EastMed Pipeline as the presumed background setting for the revival in the beginning of 2019 of the 2007 Libya-Turkey EEZ Treaty, there are now five possible supporting actors who might prompt the Fat Lady to show up and bring the long running opera to an end: Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and Israel. They all have an interest to develop the Eastern Mediterranean Fossil Fuels Commons.

The EastMed Pipeline Initiative

None of them want to let Turkey into this project. The Turks are seen as unwilling to play by global rules or respect international protocols. The Turkish political mindset is viewed as antithetical to the nation-state global order that evolved from the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia onwards. Turkey believes in a Supra-National model for global coexistence. The current Turkish leader has ambitions to be seen as the Caliph who draws the Umma – the community of Muslims – together under his rule. As the lead supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood along with Qatar, both he as well as the Ottoman Libyans, who have colluded with the UN and Turkey, are ruthless practitioners of old art of “Kitman” (dissimulation and deception), so popular among Islamists. This practice shifts exchange from relational to transactional.

(The Ottoman Libyans are those such as the head of the GNA, Fayez Sarraj, his deputy Ahmed Maetig, his interior minister Fathi Bashagha, and Mohamed Siyala, his Foreign Minister, who descend from people who migrated to what is now Libya from other parts of the Ottoman empire during the three and a half centuries of Ottoman rule which ended in 1912.)

Within a global neighbourhood where the nature of the situational space requires groups to coexist for the long term and where no amount of treaties or operating manuals can anticipate all the changes in context and contingencies that may arise, wise nations work collaboratively with those committed to relational exchange. They also all realize that technology can change the flows within and between nations. Global collaboration and coordination demand a coalition that stands against those who practice transactional exchange!

There are diplomatic rules to ensure calm interaction. Countries have to abide by them if there is to be peaceful progress. Turkey and all others are welcome to join the coalition that has chosen for a rules-based world order among and between nation states.

No responsible country can condone the diplomatically sacrilegious practice of “Kitman” or deception by Erdogan and his Ottoman Libyans at the UN meeting last September when the Turkish President agreed to drop the idea of the 2007 Treaty. The 27 November signing of the two MOUs between Turkey and the GNA was one practice of Kitman too many. This cannot be swallowed by Greece or Egypt, nor should it be condoned by anyone committed to peaceful coexistence.

The FT and Greece are MISREADING global political realities as of now when they state: “The deal was unlikely to be ratified by Libya’s parliament, which is controlled by supporters of the Libyan National Army fighting to overthrow the administration in Tripoli, according to a senior Greek official.”

Breaching Libyan laws has become second nature to the UN acting in conjunction with the Ottoman Libyans. The practice of Kitman in September was not an isolated incident and needs to be viewed through a wider lens of political deception. It can be seen in the recent, spurious creation of a so-called HoR offshoot, the “Tripoli HoR”. It is seen, too, by calling the maritime boundaries treaty an “MoU” in order to be able to argue that it does not require endorsement by the Libyan Parliament elected by the Libyan people. The signing of the two MoUs with Turkey and the “ratification” by the “Presidential Council” and “Tripoli HoR” this past Thursday are part of an ever more depraved fabric of Kitman. What the FT reports on as not likely to happen in fact occurred days ago. The FT lives on a different planet to practitioners of Kitman and lacks the necessary understanding of the extent of evil and corruption that can result from it.

The mood of the international community and of Libyans in the east and west of the country is shifting. The time is right to de-recognize the rulership of the Few – the Ottoman Libyans – over the Many (all the other components of Libya). The Many, both in Libya and in the international community, are increasingly disgusted with the UN-imposed government.

All eyes are now on the Speaker of the HoR and his visits to Cairo and Athens to lead the process of De-Recognition of the 2016 UN-imposed Government, the Tripoli-based GNA.

 

 

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