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Turkey-Libya preliminary hydrocarbon deal prompts Greece, Egypt to push back

Libya’s Tripoli government signed a preliminary deal on energy exploration on Monday, prompting Greece and Egypt to say they would oppose any activity in disputed areas of the eastern Mediterranean. Libya’s eastern-based parliament, which backs an alternative administration, also rejected the deal. Speaking at a ceremony in Tripoli, Turkish Foreign …

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Turkey-Libya deal, drilling activities are “counterproductive” says US State Dept.

Turkey’s drilling activities, combined with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Libya are are “counterproductive” and do not contribute to the stability and security of the Eastern Mediterranean, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Palmer said on Wednesday at a teleconference with Greek …

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Erdogan claims “Greece is accepting Turkey-Libya deal”

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that “Greece is slowly accepting the status quo in the Eastern Mediterranean following the Turkey-Libya deal on maritime boundaries. Ankara’s “resolute stance has led the rest of the countries in the region, but mainly Greece,” to accept the status quo that Turkey wants in the …

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UN to post coordinates of EEZ maps of Turkey-Libya Agreement

United Nations’ Division for Ocean Affairs will post the geographical coordinates outlined in the maritime border agreement signed by Turkey and Libya in November 2019. Including the memorandum’s sea zone maps in the UN’s database is expected to give them an official character. Athens is concerned, however, it tries to …

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Turkey-Libya deal is “bogus” says France’s ambassador to Athens

French Ambassador to Athens, Patrick Maisonnave, described the Turkey-Libya deal as “bogus” on Monday and underlined the interest of his country to boost defense ties with Greece. Referring to Turkey’s provocations in the region, which he described as “activism,” he said, “we shall see how we respond to this behavior.” …

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Greek FM expresses displeasure over absence of Turkey-Libya deal in Berlin Conference

Greece expects to be included in the next stages of the Berlin Process on Libya, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Monday after the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. The foreign minister said the Berlin Conference on Sunday was a “good first step” but expressed Greece’s displeasure at the …

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US: Turkey-Libya MoU “provocative”, islands have EEZ & continental shelf

With a good portion of delay, the US State Department finally took position on the Turkey-Libya Agreement and Ankara’s Claims that the Greek islands have neither Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf. The agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea signed by Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National …

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Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, France & Italy condemn Turkey-Libya Agreement

The Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Cyprus, Greece and Italy met in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss latest regional developments and the situation in East Mediterranean Sea. the five foreign Ministers issued a communique in which they condemned the Turkey-Libya Agreement. A day earlier, EU’s foreign policy chief and the …

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Greece sends letters to UN objecting Turkey-Libya agreement

Greece has lodged objections to the United Nations over the agreement between Libya and Turkey mapping out maritime boundaries as a violation of international law, the Greek government spokesman said on Tuesday. “This agreement was compiled in bad faith, it violates the Law of the Sea” government spokesman Stelios Petsas …

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Greek Foreign Ministry receives copy of controversial Turkey-Libya deal

The Greek Foreign Ministry has received a copy with the content of the controversial “maritime boundaries” Memorandum of Understanding between Libya and Turkey, state broadcaster ERT reported Thursday noon. Citing diplomatic sources, ERT reported that the Foreign Ministry is examining the content of the Agreement. It is not clear, who …

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Greece publishes 16 MAPs exposing Turkey’s illegal and unilateral claims

Greece’s Foreign Ministry uploaded a total of 16 maps “in an effort to increase the wider public’s awareness of Turkish revisionism,” as it said in a statement. “The attached maps depict in a vivid and irrefutable way the Turkish illegal unilateral actions and claims,” the Ministry added. Greece-Turkey borders according …

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Greece and Egypt sign historic agreement for delimitation of EEZ

Greece and Egypt have signed an agreement for the delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between the two countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The agreement was signed by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Egypt counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Cairo on Thursday afternoon. Unofficial map as posted …

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Egypt says Turkey’s seismic survey plans could encroach on its waters

Egypt said that part of a seismic survey planned by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean potentially encroached on waters where Cairo claims exclusive rights. An advisory issued last month by Turkey for the survey overlaps with Egypt’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), constituting “a violation and an attack on Egypt’s sovereign …

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“Hydrocarbon research within Turkish continental shelf,” claims Ankara

Ankara claims that the hydrocarbon exploration activities by research vessel Oruc Reis will be “in the maritime area […] located entirely within the Turkish continental shelf.” This is the response of Turkey to a protest demarche submitted late on Tuesday by the Greek Embassy in the Turkish capital. The demarche …

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