Greece Threatens to Block Libya Deal over Sea Border Dispute

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, center, shakes hands with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, as they surrounded by security in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

ATHENS — Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday.

Mitsotakis’ comments during a TV interview came a day before his scheduled talks with Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, whose forces are battling the Tripoli government. Hifter arrived in Athens late Thursday, and met Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

European Union-member Greece objects to the maritime border deal between the Tripoli government and Turkey, which ignores Greek sea rights in an area that is thought to contain potentially rich natural gas deposits.

Mitsotakis described the Turkish-Libyan deal as “unacceptable and illegal” in his interview on private Alpha TV, adding that he has conveyed his intentions on blocking a potential peace deal to senior European officials.

“Greece, at the level of a (European Union) summit meeting, will never accept any political solution on Libya that does not include as a precondition the annulment of this agreement,” he said.

“To put it simply, we will use our veto even before the matter reaches the summit, at the level of (EU) foreign ministers,” he said.

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, back left, arrives at a hotel in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

Relations between regional rivals Greece and Turkey have deteriorated considerably in recent months over undersea exploration and drilling rights in the Aegean Sea, off Cyprus, and in areas off the southern Greek island of Crete that are included in the Turkish-Libyan agreement.

Ankara raised the stakes with moves to explore waters controlled by Greece and fellow EU-member Cyprus, including sending warship-escorted drill ships into waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights.

On Jan. 2, Greece, Israel and Cyprus signed a deal to build an undersea pipeline to carry gas from new offshore deposits in the southeastern Mediterranean to continental Europe.

Turkey strongly opposes the project, which would see part of the 1,900-kilometer (1,300-mile) EastMed pipeline pass through waters it claims under its deal with the Tripoli government.

Mitsotakis also said Athens was very disappointed not to have been invited to an international summit on Libya in Berlin on Sunday, and will phone German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday to discuss the matter.

“It was wrong that we were not invited,” MItsotakis said. “We have sea borders with Libya and should have been at Berlin.”

The meeting in Berlin, to which the United States, Russia, France, Egypt and others have also been invited, aims to bring together many of the countries that have interests in Libya’s ongoing civil war.

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  1. Who cares what Mistotakis tries to do with EU and Nato deals for alleged peace…. in libya…which Nato Greece joined Nato allies Turkey, U.S , Britain and France ..in destroying , because of another lie by Hllary Clinton and Ahepan Robert Menendez …that the leaders of libya,,and the most progressive country in North Africa …was committing war crimes against civilians in libya, when in fact ..he was killing Terrorist Proxy armies called Sunni Muslim JIhadist of Saudi Arabia, Turkey , UAE and America!

    It would be after the destruction of libya ..that the media would admit..that there was never any genocide going on in Libya, until the “WE CAME WE SAW, HE DIED…degenerate screams of Hillary Clinton and her proxy terrorist armies took over libya!

    They despicably would admit ..that what Hillary told the world ..was that ..”SHE THOUGHT GENOCIDE MIGHT HAPPEN” JUST LIKE TR,UMP IN ASSASSINATING THE MILITARY ATTACHED OF IRAN..BECAUSE THEY WERE PLANNING TO KILL U.S TROOPS IN IRAQ… BUT NOW REVEALED BY SENATOR PAUL”,THERE NEVER EXISTED ANY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE GODFATHER OF THE ORGANIZED CRIME FAMILY OF NATO MAFIOSA COUNTRIES, INCLUDING MISTOTAKIS…TO ASSASSINATE AND INCITE WAR WITH IRAN”!

    THIS SAME EU AND NATO NEO NAZI WHITE SUPREMACIST RACIST ANGLO FANATICS ..COMPRISED OF THE FORMER SUBJECTS OF THE MOST DEGENERATE SPECIES OF ANIMALS WHO HAVE LIED, CHEATED AND STOLEN FROM ALL THE INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD. ..THE BRITISH!

    1. CONT..

      AND WHO ARE THE STARTING LINEUP OF MURDERERS ROW OF WHITE SUPREMACIST ANGLO WAR CRIMINALS ..WHO ALL HAVE PARTICIPATED ..IN ANY FOREIGN WARS OF CONQUEST…

      U.S , AUSTRALIA, CANADA , AND U.K ..ALL FORMER SUBJECTS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY OF ENGLAND…. AND WHO NOW REJECT IRAQ PARLIAMENTARY VOTE TO REMOVE THESE ANGLO DEGENERATES FROM THEIR COUNTRY ..WHO HAS ALREADY KILLED ANYWARE FROM 600,000 TO 1,000,000 IRAQIS…AND VIOLATING EVERY INTERNATIONAL LAWS OF SOVEREIGNTY..WHICH LED TO THE HANGING OF GERMAN NAZIS AFTER WW 2~

      WHO CARES ABOUT WHAT THE WAR CRIMINALS OF THE MOB GANGSTERS OF EU AND NATO SAY OR DO …BECAUSE WHAT EVER THEY DO ..IS ILLEGITIMATE AND BASED ON LIES!

      WHAT .. MISTOTAKIS..YOU JUST ANOTHER CAPO…WHO KISSES THE HANDS OF THE GODFATHER TRUMP ..FOR ANY FAVORS ..AND THEN IS TOLD TO TAKE A HIKE ..AND DO WHAT THE GODFATHER SAYS WHICH IS TO SEND GREEK SOLDIERS TO WAGE WAR IN LIBYA..FOR THE GLORY OF EXON MOBIL TO GET A CUT OF THE OIL AND GAS OF LIBYA!

      DO YOU THINK THAT TURKEY, RUSSIA, CHINA , U.S , FRANCE AND BRITISH..WANT PEACE FOR THE PEOPLE OF LIBYA! THEY ARE VULTURES ..LOOKING TO GET THERE CUT OF THE LOOT OF LIBYA…AND MISTOTAKIS IS NOW THE PROXY ARMY OF AMERICA TO DO IT!

      However white ANGLO supremacy go beyond the US. Western colonialism, whatever its economic and strategic motives, IS rooted to a great extent in the ideology of white supremacy ANGLO GODFATHER AND OCCUPATION LEADER.. WINSTON CHURCHILL!

      THIS IS INSPIRATION FOR DEATH .
      .

  2. CONT.

    AND DESTRUCTION OF IRAQ, LIBYA, SYRIA, LEBANON, AFGHANISTAN, VIETNAM, YUGOSLAVIA, UKRAINE, CYPRUS, YEMEN ,VENEZUELA, BOLIVIA, SOMALIA….AND EVERY 85 COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD OCCUPIED BY U.S AND NATO BASES OF THE ANGLO EMPIRE, NO DIFFERENT THAN THE PERSIAN AND ROMAN EMPIRES ..WHO ALSO HAD THEIR RUN OF BARBARISM ..AND LIKE THIS ANGLO EMPIRE SOON..TO BECOME JUST ANOTHER CASUALTY OF PERMANENT WARS!

    “I do not admit for instance that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly-wise race to put it in that way has come in and taken their place.”

    THIS IS WHO THE GREEK GOVERNMENT SERVES…NOT GREEKS!

    THE WARS ON IRAQ, IRAN, RUSSIA, VENEZUELA, AND SYRIA .ETC…ARE PUBLICALLY SUPPORTED AND ENDORSED BY NATO GREECE AND MISTOTAKIS .. IN NATO EU CRIMINAL SUPPORT IN JOINING THE GODFATHER IN IMPOSING ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AND WARFARE ON IRAN, AND DESPICABLY RENEGING ON AN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT WHICH PROHIBITED IRAN FROM PRODUCING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, IN IMPOSING ECONOMIC OIL EMBARGOES OF SYRIA , AS ANGLO EVANGELICAL WAR CRIMINALS OF U.S TAKES OVER THE OIL AND GAS FIELDS OF SYRIA!

    THE ONLY THING THAT MISTOTAKIS CAN DO ..IS TO REMOVE GREECE FROM NATO AND EU…AND CLOSE EVERY U.S BASE IN GREECE, HOWEVER, WE CAN ALL SEE IN IRAQ .HOW THIS ANGLO DEGENERATE RACIST ..WILL RESPOND !

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