Greece Asks UN to Condemn Turkey-Libya Deal on Maritime Borders

The deal "was compiled in bad faith" and violates the UN Law of the Sea, the government spokesperson of Greece has said.

Greece has lodged objections to the United Nations (UN) over an agreement between Turkey and Libya on maritime borders in the Mediterranean Sea.

The agreement "was compiled in bad faith" and violates the UN Law of the Sea, according to the government spokesperson of Greece, Stelios Petsas.

The deal is "disruptive to regional peace and stability," Petsas said in a press conference in Athens, adding that Greece "wants the deal to be brought to the attention of the UN Security Council so it can be condemned."

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday (December 9) told the state-run broadcaster TRT that the agreement "tied Greece hand and foot" and this is what "drives Greece mad."

Turkey's parliament ratified the deal on December 5. Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on December 8 announced that the pact with Turkey over maritime jurisdiction areas went into effect.

The agreement sets a maritime boundary between the two countries, which Greece says fails to take into account the island of Crete.

Part of the deal sets a maritime boundary between the two countries, which Greece says fails to take into account the island of Crete.

Turkey and Greece have long been at odds over hydrocarbon exploration activities in the eastern Mediterranean.

Source: English Bianet