Greece: Europe Will not Agree to a Political Solution to the Libyan Crisis Unless Maritime MOU between Tripoli-Ankara is Cancelled  – Al Marsad

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Prime Minister of Greece, said on Thursday that the European Union will not agree to a political solution to the conflict in Libya unless Turkey and Libya abolish the maritime boundaries and jurisdiction areas MOU concluded between Turkey and the Tripoli Government of National Accord (GNA) last November in Istanbul.

[Libya, 24 January 2020] – “I have made it quite clear to all the stakeholders that there is not going to be any political solution to the Libyan crisis to which the European Union will have to agree, unless the  maritime agreement between Turkey and Libya is scrapped,” Mitsotakis told a conference panel at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

In an interview with EPT, the Prime Minister of Greece said, “Libya and Turkey do not have any opposing coast so they cannot sign a delimitation agreement regarding maritime zones. In this case, what has been signed completely disregards the fact that our islands have right to an exclusive economic zone which goes against everything we know in international law, and of course we all know that this agreement was signed in exchange for Turkey’s military support to the government of Fayez al-Sarraj.” He also added, “it is an agreement which has not been recognized by the Libyan legislature. You know that three-quarters of the country is represented by a different authority and they basically say that this agreement is against the interests of the Libyan people.”

© Al Marsad English (2020)