December 15, 2019
It is known that Turkey and the internationally-recognized, U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya signed a memorandum of understanding on Nov. 27, regarding the Eastern Mediterranean region.
The memorandum asserts Turkey’s rights in the Eastern Mediterranean region clarifying that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also has rights to have access to resources in the area. The maritime deal signed by Erdoğan and GNA head in Istanbul, aims to secure Libya and Turkey’s rights in the Mediterranean and prevent any attempts by regional states. With this agreement, Turkey and Libya, which are maritime neighbors, have established 18.6 nautical miles of a continental shelf and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) boundary line between the two countries.
Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration are the countries most furious over the maritime pact. In addition, European Union leaders reject the maritime agreement between Turkey and Libya and see it as invalid.
Greece insists the deal with Libya — which has no fully functioning government able to rule across all of its territory — is unenforceable. Like its EU partners, Greece recognizes the United Nations-endorsed Libyan government based in Tripoli in the west of the country.
Dailysabah.comAuthor : Begum Burak