European Parliament warns Libya against ‘illegal drilling’ in the Mediterranean on the basis of the agreement reached with Turkey

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The European Parliament has called on Libya and Turkey “not to implement any clause” included in the two countries’ bilateral hydrocarbons agreement, which was signed in Tripoli earlier this month.

This was reported in a set of recommendations on Libya, which was approved by the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday. The recommendations are aimed at the European Commission, EU member states in the Council and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

According to the EU parliamentary committee, the hydrocarbons agreement between Libya and Turkey “provides for illegal drilling activities in the exclusive economic zones of other countries, including those of Cyprus and Greece”.

The hydrocarbons agreement, signed by the foreign ministers of Turkey and the Libyan national unity government, has drawn strong opposition from Greece and Egypt and criticism from the European Union and the States -United.

The agreement is in fact based on the maritime border demarcation agreement signed in November 2019 in Istanbul by the former Libyan Government of National Accord and Turkey, which violates the maritime rights of third countries such as Greece and the Egypt.

In their recommendations to senior EU diplomats, members of the European Parliament have urged the Libyan authorities to rescind the 2019 Turkey-Libya Memorandum of Understanding on the Delimitation of Maritime Jurisdictions in the Mediterranean Sea.

MEPs called on the EU to help Libya “unite through a genuine process of constitutional reform” and to “intensify its diplomatic efforts to restore peace and security in the country”.

“To achieve this, Member States must act in a more unified manner and speak with one voice when it comes to Libya, avoiding the scattered approaches of the past,” they added.

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