EU urges Turkey to share details of maritime deal with Libya
The European Union on Wednesday asked Turkey to provide details of its maritime deal with Libya during the daily briefing of the European Commission in Brussels, Greek Reporter said.
"We expect the text to be made public to the European Union without any delay,” President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said in a statement.
Turkey and Libya’s internationally recognised Islamist-rooted Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) on Nov. 27 signed an agreement to redefine Turkey’s maritime borders. The deal denotes new maritime boundaries between the two nations that cut across a zone currently claimed by Greece and Cyrus.
"Further clarification on its content is needed," she said.
Tensions have been running high between the countries in the region, including Turkey, Greece, Israel, Cyprus and Egypt over hydrocarbon reserves in the waters off Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean.
“It is imperative to respect international maritime law, the principle of good neighborliness and the sovereign rights over maritime zones of all states sharing maritime borders,” Leyen said.
Ankara maintains that the breakaway Turkish-Cypriot enclave in the northern third of Cyprus, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus that is recognised only by Turkey, has a right to a share in the reserves.