The Foreign Ministers of Greece, Cyprus, France and Egypt rejected on Wednesday two deals signed between Turkey and Libya’s UN-recognised government in Tripoli. They said the deals undermine regional stability and are both “null and void.”
The announcement was made during a joint press conference following the meeting of the ministers of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, France, and Italy, where Italy joined in as an observer.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said: “On Libya, we are unfortunately witnessing the same pattern of aggressive behavior adopted by Turkey in Cyprus and in the Aegean. Actually, on Libya we are in unanimous agreement that the agreements on delimiting maritime zones and security cooperation signed between Mr. Sarraj and Turkey are null and void. As well as on the unlawfulness of the latter’s decision to deploy troops in Libya. ‘Import’ of troops or weapons, which constitutes a gross violation of the relevant UN Security Council Resolution and seriously undermines the international community’s efforts to reach a political solution to the Libyan conflict. Moreover, the two so-called agreements present a threat to regional peace and stability and fuel a dangerous escalation of the conflict.”
The four ministers stressed that the maritime agreement between Turkey and Libya is against international law, does not have legal consequences and violates the sovereign rights of states in the region.