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Greece receives copy of maritime agreement signed between Turkey, Libya

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Greece has received a copy of a memorandum of understanding Turkey signed with Libya to ostensibly delimitate their maritime borders, the state-run broadcaster ERT reported on Thursday, according to the Ekathimerini news website.

The Greek Foreign Ministry is examining the content of the agreement, the report said.

Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday he told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that the Libya deal is legally void and complicates relations in a sensitive region.

The talks between the two leaders were held on the sidelines of a NATO summit in London.

“I presented all the issues arising from the latest Turkish actions. The disagreements from both sides were noted. The two sides, however, agreed to continue discussions on the confidence-building measures of the defense ministry,” he said.

On Monday a Turkish diplomat revealed a map displaying the continental shelf and the borders of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the eastern Mediterranean following a maritime jurisdiction agreement with Libya.

With the map, Çağatay Erciyes showed the outer boundaries of Turkey’s continental shelf and EEZ, designated in a 2011 agreement between Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC), the median line between Egypt and Turkey’s mainland and a recent memorandum with Libya.

The map indicated that Turkey had rights in almost half of the eastern Mediterranean.

According to the signed document, obtained by Nordic Monitor, Turkey and UN-backed government of Libya have agreed on boundaries as follows:

“The boundaries of the Continental Shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zone in the Mediterranean between the Republic of Turkey and the Government of National Accord-State of Libya begins at “Point A” (34° 16′ 13.720″N -026° 19′ 11.640″E) and ends at the Point B (34° 09′ 07.9″N -026° 39′ 06.3″E).”

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