Greece hits back at Tripoli’s maritime zone claims

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Greece’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Evangelos Sekeris, has expressed Athens’ complete opposition to Libya’s claims regarding the limits of its maritime zones, Ekathimerini has reported.

According to AMNA, the Tripoli government wrote to the UN Secretary-General on February 13 claiming maritime zones that Greece said affect its sovereign rights.

In a letter to the UN Secretary-General, Sekeris noted that the alleged eastern maritime border of Libya violates the Greek exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Greece’s letter to the United Nations.

This EEZ has been delimited, in accordance with international law, by the agreement between Greece and Egypt for the delimitation of the EEZ between both countries, signed on August 6, 2020.

Sekeris also stressed that the 2019 Turkish-Libyan maritime borders memorandum is illegal and invalid in terms of international law.

Sekeris said these claims by Libya violate international law and threaten peace and stability in the Mediterranean.

Despite this, the letter noted that Greece does remain willing to resolve maritime disputes with all neighbouring countries “by peaceful means, in good faith and in accordance with the law of the sea.”

Source: Ekathimerini and AMNA.

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