Turkey Libya Agreement Eez

In a letter sent on 13 May 2020 to the UN Security Council, Libya stated that its Memorandum of Understanding with Turkey ”does not affect the rights of third parties”. However, the map attached to the MoU clearly showed that the presence of Greek islands such as Crete, Rhodes and Kastellorizo and related maritime areas had been ignored. In addition, Turkey and Libya announced plans for energy exploration in the areas mentioned in the MoU. The MoU urged Greece to quickly conclude an agreement with Egypt. Shortly after the conclusion of the Greece-Egypt agreement, the Turkish Foreign Minister said that the agreement indeed supported ”the Turkish thesis that the islands do not have eleven continentals”. The EU assured that it would stand by the Greek Cypriot duo on this issue, called on Turkey to act in accordance with the European Neighbourhood Policy and stressed that the text of the treaty should be published.