Turkish Defense Chief Says Greece Intrudes on Libyan Waters

FILE - In this photo taken on Thursday, June 21, 2018, the ship operated by the German NGO Mission Lifeline is reached by a Libyan Coast Guard boat after they rescued migrants from a rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea in front of the Libyan coast. (Hermine Poschmann/Mission Lifeline via AP)

Upset that Greece wants to extend its western sea borders and fearing it could do the same in the Aegean, Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Greece is going so far as to trespass in waters off the coast of Libya in northern Africa.

Akar presented maps to the Libyan government to back up his claim, according to reports in Turkey’s Yeni Safak newspaper which accused Greece of “stealing Libya’s EEZ,” referring to the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

The reports are accompanied by two maps that Akar is alleged to have shown to Libyan government officials, one of which showed that neither Cyprus nr Crete influence marine zones, meaning Turkey wants control of all the seas up to Libya and excluding Greece and Cyprus.

During a recent visit to Tripoli, Akar reportedly claimed that Greece is exploiting the instability that followed the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi and wants to seize a chunk of Libya’s continental shelf as he said Greece is trying to do to Turkey.