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Greek PM says no EU deal on Libya unless Turkey accord scrapped

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

DAVOS – The European Union will not agree to a political solution to Libya’s factional conflict unless Turkey and Libya abandon a maritime accord they signed in November, Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday.

The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez Al-Sarraj, inked an agreement with Turkey in November that seeks to create an exclusive economic zone from Turkey’s southern Mediterranean shore to Libya’s northeast coast. It carves out a slanting sea corridor, potentially clearing the way for oil and gas exploration in the area.

“I have made it very clear to everyone concerned that there is not going to be a political solution in Libya to which the EU will have to agree, where will agree, unless these agreements are scrapped,” Mitsotakis told a conference panel at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

The EU also opposes Turkey’s and Libya’s maritime deal. European Council President Charles Michel said this month he told Sarraj that the agreement “infringes upon the sovereign rights of third states and does not comply with the (United Nations) Law of the Sea.”

“We all know that this agreement was signed in exchange for Turkey’s military support to the Sarraj government, and, on top of that, it’s an agreement that has not been recognized by the Libyan legislature,” Mitsotakis said.

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