EU Parliament Vice-President: Repercussions of Turkish Military Intervention in Libya Cannot be Imagined – Al Marsad

Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Vice-President of the European Parliament told Agenzia Nova that the maritime bilateral protocol concluded by Tripoli’s Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Ankara government violates the United Nations’ Law of the Sea, the principle of good neighbourly relations and sovereignty over the maritime areas of the nearby coastal states.

[Libya, 20 December 2019] – According to Fabio Castaldo, the GNA-Turkey maritime MOU breaches “the legitimate rights of EU member states such as Greece and Cyprus which are clearly and unquestionably ignored in that MOU.”

The vice-president of the European Parliament urged the EU to take the necessary procedures to defend the rights of Greece and Cyprus, “we demand an intervention of the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell to ask what concrete actions he intends to take to defend the rights of EU member states.”

“The European Commission must acknowledge that the nature of the Turkey-Libya agreement is not consistent or compatible with the status of candidate country to join the EU. Furthermore, we are extremely concerned by Erdogan’s proposal to intervene militarily in Libya and we dare not dare to think of the dramatic repercussions that such unilateral action can bring,” he added

Concluding his statements, vice-president of the European Parliament stressed, “for our country, the Libyan issue has always been of paramount importance not only due to the historical relationship that binds the two countries, but also, and above all, for the strategic role that Libya plays in the Mediterranean region and for the whole of Europe. The European Union must intervene.”

© Al Marsad English (2019)