Turkish-Libyan maritime deal undermines rights of EU members: France

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French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. AFP PHOTOS

The agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea signed between Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) infringes on the interests and the sovereign rights of European Union member states, particularly of Greece and Cyprus, the French Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said, adding that the memorandum violates the UN Law of the Sea Convention, the Greek Kathimerini daily reported.

The statement was posted on the French Foreign Ministry website.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has described the issue as a cause for major concern, adding that the EU took a clear stand on the issue at the Dec. 12-13 European Council.

The rivals in Libya, Gen. Khalifa Haftar and GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, will attend a peace summit in Berlin on Jan. 19.

A previous summit in Moscow in mid-January produced no permanent ceasefire.

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