Greece ‘registers disagreement’ with Libya-Turkey maritime accord – Middle East Monitor

Greece said on Wednesday it compared a accord reached by Turkey and Libya to establish their marine boundaries, but stated it and Ankara — both members of NATO — were dedicated to discussions on confidence-building steps, Reuters reports.

Libya and Turkey signed an agreement on borders in the Mediterranean last week which may reevaluate Ankara’s disputes over offshore energy exploration from the Mediterranean with countries including Greece.

Greece and Turkey are at odds over several decades-old problems which range from mineral rights at the Aegean Sea into ethnically-split Cyprus. The bargain with Libya angered Greece, that sees the movement as infringing its sovereign rights.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Britain on Wednesday on the sidelines of a NATO summit.

“I increased all problems regarding the hottest Turkish activities,” Mitsotakis said in a statement. “The disagreements of either side were listed. The 2 sides nevertheless agreed to continue talks on confidence building measures.”

There was no immediate comment from the Turkish side.

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The accord between Turkey and Libya’s internationally recognized authorities, which spelled out a sea region between both nations, was signed on Nov. 27.

Libya’s neighbor Egypt dismissed the deal as”prohibited” as did Cyprus, although Greece has stated any such accord could be absurd since it ignored the existence of the Greek island of Crete between the coasts of both Turkey and Libya.

Greece has cautioned Libya’s ambassador to Athens that when he neglected to offer clarifications to the Greek authorities over the bargain that he could be relegated, a Greek government spokesman said on Tuesday.

“I wish to reassure that the Greek people that problems with Turkey existed, exist and will exist. However, I assess that, given the two sides demonstrate goodwill, these can be overcome,” Mitsotakis said.

Tensions are already running high between Athens and Ankara due to Turkish drilling from the eastern Mediterranean from the coast of Cyprus, and also the European Union has ready sanctions against Turkey in reaction.

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