US Ambassador to Greece: US Experts Reject the GNA-Turkey MOU Claims on Maritime Zone Delimitation – Al Marsad

The US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt said that US experts conducted a legal analysis of the recent maritime border agreement between Turkey and Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and they concluded Ankara’s claims to be invalid.

US experts who studied the memorandum of understanding reject Turkey’s claims regarding maritime zones and, more specifically, continental shelf delimitation, Pyatt reportedly said according to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency. He added that inhabited islands should be treated on the same footing as the mainland.

Ambassador Pyatt made it clear that Washington is firmly in Greece’s side in its opposition to the GNA-Turkey MOU supposedly delimiting the Exclusive Economic Zones of the two countries, even though under international law there is no maritime border. According to the news agency, Pyatt noted that under international law inhabited islands have rights that are equal to continental territory.

“The US legal judgment is that the Turkish government, in its assertions regarding maritime claims and specifically continental shelves, differs with our legal analysis and also with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in terms of islands. “Inhabited islands as a matter of customary international law are entitled to the same treatment as continental territory,” Pyatt told journalists.

The US ambassador stressed that his country was interested in promoting stability and cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean region. He also met with the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and stressed that the US sees Greece as a pillar of stability in the complex East Med region.

European Union leaders were on Thursday set to reject the GNA-Turkey deal as invalid and insist that the pact interferes with the rights of other countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

The President of the Hellenic Parliament Constantine Tassoulas meet today in Athens the President of the Libyan Parliament, Aguila Saleh in the presence of the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, to discuss the illegal GNATurkey agreement and bilateral ties between Libya and Greece.

© Al Marsad English (2019)
Sources: ANA-MPA / Ekathimerini / To Vima