Turkey-Libya agreement ‘arbitrary and illegal’
Turkish and Libyan governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea as well as a deal on expanded security and military cooperation. This memorandum is arbitrary and illegal since it completely ignores the International Law of the Sea and the legitimate rights of other states in the region.
We condemn Turkey’s growing provocative actions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey’s arbitrary, illegal and unacceptable actions are counter-productive for the efforts to resume substantive negotiations on the Cyprus problem. The current illegal drillings in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus must be stopped immediately.
The recent illicit Memorandum of Understanding with Libya and Turkey’s verbal note to the UN with the defined unilateral coordinates violate the sovereign rights of Greece.
The EU must urge Turkey to terminate all illegal activities and stop endangering the region with more conflicts and must examine the possibility of extending the sanctions regime to persons and companies engaged in illegal activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Greece.