Germany Calls on Turkey and the GNA to Respect the Sovereign Rights of EU Countries – Al Marsad

Germany called on Turkey and Tripoli-based GNA to respect the sovereign rights of other European Union member states and shows solidarity with Greece and Cyprus over violations in the eastern Mediterranean

[Libya, 11 December 2019] – Germany’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Adebar said that Turkey and GNA must respect international law when seeking to delineate marine zones. The statement from Adebar comes as EU leaders are preparing to meet for talks today and where it is expected that they will discuss the GNA-Turkey agreement signed in November. The deal only ignores the maritime demarcation around Cyprus and the various Greek islands but also it was an agreement signed by the Tripoli-based GNA which infringed the Skhirat agreement and was not ratified by the Libyan Parliament.

The delineation of marine zones must be done on the basis of international law and with the participation of all involved parties, Adebar said.

Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, which seek to build a pipeline carrying gas to Europe across those waters, have all objected to the agreement. The Greek government has sent two letters to the United Nations explaining its objections to a maritime boundary deal.

Turkey is locked in disputes with Greece and Cyprus over territorial waters in the Aegean and Mediterranean. The country has sent drilling ships to look for gas off Cyprus to press its claims for waters there, prompting the EU to last month target Turkey with limited sanctions over its gas drilling in the region.

The Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Aguila Saleh, along with this delegation arrive in Athens today for meeting with the Speaker of the Greek Parliament to discuss bilateral ties and also the illegal agreement signed by the GNA with Erdogan.

Source: Kathimerini