No EU deal on Libya unless Turkey accord scrapped – Greek PM

epa08141595 A woman holds a flag of Libya during a demonstration in front of German chancellery where the International Libya Conference is taking place in Berlin, Germany, 19 January 2020. World leaders gather in the German capital for the International Libya Conference in order to support the peace efforts of the United Nations (UN) to bring about an end to the conflict in Libya. EPA-EFE/HAYOUNG JEON

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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.

Greece, which is at odds with Turkey over decades-old issues ranging from mineral rights in the Aegean Sea to ethnically-split Cyprus, says the accord is void and violates the international law of the sea.

Athens sees it as a cynical grab designed to scupper the development of East Mediterranean gas and destabilize rivals.

“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.”

Reuters

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