Erdogan: Security MOU with GNA Will Enter Into Force Upon Approval of Turkish Parliament – Al Marsad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the maritime boundaries and jurisdiction areas memorandum of understanding that has been concluded between Turkey and Libya succeeded in changing a fait accompli imposed in 1920 by the Treaty of Sèvres, a pact between the victorious Allied powers in WWI and Ottoman Turkey.

[Libya, 16 December 2019] – In an interview with the Turkish Haber ATV television network on Sunday, Erdogan claimed that the aforementioned memorandum of understanding between Turkey and Libya was concluded within the frameworks of international law.

The signing of the Treaty of Sèvres

The Turkish  President stressed that Turkey and Libya have rights in the gas-rich eastern Mediterranean region, adding: “The eastern Mediterranean basin has massive hydrocarbon reserves. We have recently learned about the gas discoveries reached by some companies there and it is possible that we will cooperate with some energy supermajors in this field.”

Erdogan claimed that the agreement signed between Libya and Turkey guarantees the protection of the rights of the two countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, stressing that the measures taken by Ankara disturb the parties trying to unilaterally share the region and ignore international law and what he described as “Turkey’s rights.”

He said there have been attempts, by unnamed states, “to impose some schemes on the stakeholders, but we thwarted this through a legitimate step that included reversing a situation imposed by the Treaty of Sèvres.”

Regarding his meeting with the President of the Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, in Istanbul on Sunday, Erdogan said that the meeting was also attended by the Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar, in which the two sides discussed the latest developments in the situation in Libya.

Erdogan considered that Fayez al-Sarraj is “the legitimate Prime Minister in Libya, while Khalifa Haftar (the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army) is not a legitimate leader but rather a representative of an illegal structure with no international consensus,” as he claimed.

On the issue of deploying Turkish boots on the ground in Libya, Erdogan stressed that Turkey will take the necessary steps if it receives an invitation or a request from the Libyan side in this regard. “We are more than ready to give whatever support necessary to Libya.

The necessary steps we take are within the framework of international law,” the Turkish President added.

With regard to the second memorandum of understanding on security and military cooperation that Turkey signed with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, the Turkish President pointed out that it will enter into force upon endorsement by the Turkish Parliament.

© Al Marsad English (2019)

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