The delimitation memorandum understanding signed between Turkey and the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) is unhelpful and provocative as it raised tensions in the region, a State Department Spokesperson has said.
Turkey and Libya signed last Thursday a memorandum of understanding on the delimitation of maritime boundaries, provoking reaction by both Greece and Cyprus.
The Cypriot Foreign Ministry said that if it goes through this delimitation would constitute “a grave violation of International Law, since it would disregard the legal rights of all coastal states in the Eastern Mediterranean and would go contrary to the acknowledged principle of the Convention on the Law of the Sea and of customary law regarding the rights of islands to EEZs and continental shelf,” while the Greek MFA said in a statement that such moves “produce no international legal effect.”
Responding to a question by a Greek online media, a State Department spokesperson said that “while the United States generally does not take a position on other states’ maritime boundary disputes, we call on all parties to refrain from all actions that risk heightening tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean at this sensitive time.”
“These developments highlight the risk of the Libyan conflict taking on wider regional dimensions and the urgent need for all interested parties to work toward a negotiated solution. In particular, the announcement of a signed Turkish-GNA delimitation memorandum of understanding has raised tensions in the region and is unhelpful and provocative,” he added.
(Cyprus News Agency)