Backing Greece, EU Denounces Turkey-Libya Maritime Deal

FILE- Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Dimitris Papamitsos)

BRUSSELS – All other 27 leaders of the European Union members gave support to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ request to condemn Turkey’s deal with Libya dividing the seas between them, encroaching on Greek islands including Rhodes and Crete.

That came during a meeting in Brussels Dec. 13 of the European Council, Greece’s state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency (ANA-MPA) reported, with the New Democracy leader anxious for backing over Turkish provocations.

He reportedly told his peers that the Turkey-Libya deal violated international law although Turkey sent it to the United Nations seeking approval while not recognizing the Law of the Sea unless invoking it for support.

Turkey’s Parliament has approved it but not in Libya, where the country is divided between a Western-backed government and an opposing side which has the Parliament there, creating further confusion.

The news agency, citing sources it didn’t identify, said that the EU leaders agreed that Turkey’s actions were contrary to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Greece has already requested, at the Foreign Affairs Council on December 9, the EU’s explicit condemnation of the Libya-Turkey “agreement”, which recognizes that this void agreement has no legal effect, as well as a framework for sanctions if Turkey and the government of Tripoli fail to comply and, of course, their support for Greece and Cyprus.

Mitsotakis had asked the EU – unable to do little more than issue press releases, to intervene although the bloc’s leaders earlier had imposed only soft sanctions against Turkey for drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus and are reluctant to get tougher.

“Europe is raising diplomatic walls against Turkey’s provocations,” he said, adding that Greece has “very strong allies” it can rely on even if they are essentially powerless.

Showing again he doesn’t care what the EU – or the United States, UN or NATO thinks – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ignored them and sent the deal to the UN for approval, which Greece sources said is of “no legal consequence” the paper said.

“Greece has anyway already submitted its views with its letters to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council, which elaborate Greece’s positions and present the legal arguments based on international law,” they added.

Turkey – Erdogan said drilling will begin off Crete, setting up a possible conflict with the Greek Navy – is trying to establish a military presence in Libya based on another deal it signed with the Western-backed Tripoli-based government, the report said.

But most foreign powers involved in Libya (Italy, Russia, France and the US) are opposed to the idea of a Turkish military force in the North African country which Erdogan said would be sent there as a “peace force.”
Erdogan has informed Russian President Vladimir Putin of his intentions although Russia is said to be against Turkey having troops in Libya.

In Athens, the eastern-based head of Libya’s Parliament, who is aligned against the Tripoli-based Libyan government that signed the deal with Turkey, reiterated his rejection of the accord with that country split in two.

“We are here to stress that this specific agreement is rejected, it is invalid,” Aguila Saleh Issa told Greece’s Parliament. “Those that signed it do not have any legal authority to do so, since the government itself was rejected,” he said, referring to the administration’s failure to win confidence votes.

Issa, who met with his Greek counterpart Konstantinos Tasoulas and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, said the accord essentially preyed on the rights and interests of the Greek and Libyan people and he wants it annulled, the paper said.

The US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, told the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency (ANA-MPA) that the deal isn’t valid and that American analysts who studied the memorandum reject Turkey’s claims regarding maritime zones and, continental shelf delimitation, he reportedly said, adding that inhabited islands should be regarded the same way as the mainland is seen.

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  1. Trump Admits US Killed Millions in War Based on Lies . “We went to war under a false & now disproven premise,

    “The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East.
    Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE … IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY! We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.”

    And Nato Turkey and Greece were part of the Criminal EU Nato force who invaded Libya to support the same Turkish and American Terrorist Proxy armies to dismember the legitimate governemt of libya and mutilate their People .. to take over their economic, Political , and military sovereignty, who now claim ownership of the remnants of one of the most progressive countries in North Africa ..who would not provide a military base to the degenerates of Washington and Brussels!

    The same European Union members who give support to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ request to condemn Turkey’s deal with Libya dividing the seas between them, encroaching on Greek islands including Rhodes and Crete, are the same group who did nothing with their Nato member Turkey to take territory from the people of Cyprus ..and ethnically cleansed Greeks from those lands!.

    Mistotakis.and his sewer of Greek politicians. never complained when the current leader of Greece Geoffrey Pyatt…

    1. cont.

      and Edrogan ..based on lies removed the legitimate government of libya , and assassinated its leader on National T.V.. and watch war criminal Hillary Clinton scream .. WE CAME! WE SAW! HE DIED as the same libyan tribe that now claimes ownership of libya sodomized the leader of libya and cut his throat!

      Just Think , who Trump indicts for these act of genocide and war crimes in libya, Ukraine and now in Syria ..right in front of our stupid faces… the same guys who are attempting to impeach Donald Trump who threatens there plans to continue their lies of wars.and conquest..Ahepan Robert Menendez, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden , Geoffrey Pyatt, Patrick Theros..and his state department of C.I.A regime change assassins!

      That right Mistotakis…you are a complicit member of EU Nato ..who brought on the Cypriot genocide, the libyan genocide, and of course now attempting to continue to occupy and continue the genocide of the Syrian people!

      Is it not the ruling government of Greece ..who enforces U.S and Nato oil embargoes of the legitimate government of Syria , like they did in libya, while claiming territory of Syria to take control of their oil and gas revenues, to starve the people of Syria , and weaken their ability to fight U.S and Turkish terrorist armies!

      The current and previous Greek Government are infested with traitors and stooges of Nato and EU…to represent a bunch of Marxist Billionaires in Washington and Brussels!

  2. Bravo well Said. I agree with you a million percent. Anyway let’s see what happens with these Turkic scum. I fear the worst is yet to come.

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