Turkish Foreign Ministry: Greece is Undermining Efforts to Establish Peace in Libya – Al Marsad

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu renewed his vitriolic against Athens, saying it was undermining efforts to establish peace in Libya by receiving the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar ahead of the Berlin Conference on Libya last week.

[Libya, 26 January 2020] – Mevlut Cavusoglu considered that Greece and Cyprus usurped the rights of neighbouring countries in the Mediterranean through what he described, according to the London-based Arabic daily, Asharq al-Awsat, as extremist allegations. He accused the two Mediterranean countries of attempting to “legitimize their claims by exploiting their membership in the European Union. Such attempts, as Cavusoglu claims, harms peace and stability in the region.

According to Cavusoglu, the two memoranda of understanding concluded last November between Turkey and the Government of National Accord (GNA) “is another example of this”. He claims that the MOU that delineates maritime boundaries and economic zones in the Mediterranean between Turkey and Libya have deeply worried Greece, and instead of dialogue, Athens resorted to severing diplomatic ties with the GNA, as he put it.

“Unfortunately, they adhere to the proverb of ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’ In fact, they aim to impose their claims on the maritime economic zones of Libya as well. Over the past years, the Greeks issued drilling licenses to explore for oil and natural gas in areas in the south of Crete in a manner that usurps Libyan rights and interests. In the face of this situation, the Government of National Accord in Libya signed a memorandum of understanding with us to protect its rights in the Mediterranean.”

© Al Marsad English (2020)