French Defense Minister Florance Parly said that the agreement reached on November 28, 2019 by the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey on the delimitation of maritime borders in the Mediterranean Sea is dangerous for the interests and security in the area.
The agreement between Libyan Prime Minister Serraj and the Turkish president Erdogan “endangers the interests and security in the region” said Parly during her visit in Athens, “raises serious concerns, has no legal value and doesn’t agree with international law”.
Greece has reaffirmed that the agreement between Turkey and the GNA creates an area of exclusive competence in the eastern Mediterranean without taking into consideration the big island of Crete between them. The European Union has already pointed out that the agreement represents a flagrant violation of the international law because damage the interests of third parties.
According to the Greek newspaper “Tou Vema”, the French Defense minister confirmed Paris’s support for Greece and Cyprus in the conflict with Turkey over the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean areas. Tensions between Greece and Turkey are exacerbated with Ankara’s exploration activities off Cyprus, so the European Union has announced sanctions against Ankara.
France has sent its aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle in the eastern Mediterranean, while military sources have reported frequent joint military activities between Greece and Egypt in an attempt of the two Countries to thwart Erdogan’s expansions in Libya.
Erdogan supports the coalition of militias and armed groups of the GNA based in Tripoli. French President Emmanuel Macron previously accused Erdogan of repeatedly violating the arms embargo on Libya and of sending thousands of terrorists to Tripoli from the Syrian city of Idlib. According to the Syrian Observatory on Human Rights in the first months of 2020, Erdogan has sent more than 4000 Syrian fighters to Libya. “The Syrian fighters present in Tripoli have a Turkish passport and they are here on request and support of the legitimate Government of Libya” said yesterday the Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala.
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