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In Libya, the signing of the memorandum elicited different reactions: it was welcomed by supporters of the government of national unity, but rejected by supporters of Khalifa Haftar and the House of Parliament, which is based in Tobruk. Ahmad Al Mismari, the official spokesman for Haftar`s forces, rejected the deal, warning that “military force will be used to prevent any violation of Libyan sovereignty.” [11] Members of the Tobruk Parliament expressed similar sentiments, while its president, Aguila Saleh Issa, sent a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, calling the agreement “zero and unaerated.” Saleh argued that the agreement should be ratified by the Tobruk Parliament and that “Libya and Turkey have no common maritime borders.” [12] “We will continue to show them and the world that this agreement is null and void on the table and on the ground.” But it is the maritime delimitation agreement that has outraged Greece, Egypt and Cyprus, which gives Turkey exploration rights in a gas-rich area of the Mediterranean, where the three states also have considerable interests. In October 2020, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recorded an agreement between Turkey and Libya on the delimitation of maritime jurisdictions in the Mediterranean. The agreement “has been registered with the secretariat in accordance with Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations,” the registration certificate states. [5] [6] Two months earlier (August 2020), Greece and Egypt had signed another maritime agreement delimiting an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights to counter the agreement between Turkey and Libya. [7] During his visit to the United States, Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis hopes to gain the support of the White House and strengthen his hand within the framework of the delimitation agreement between the EEZ and the EEZ. 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. Southern Cyprus, meanwhile, has announced that it will prepare an appeal to the International Court of Justice. However, in accordance with article 59 of the Convention, “the conflict should be resolved on the basis of justice and taking into account all relevant circumstances, taking into account the importance of the interests concerned for the parties and for the international community as a whole”. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg answered a question about Turkey`s drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean on the way to the NATO summit in London in 2019. “Both Greece and Turkey are valued allies and both contribute to our common security.

There are some differences of opinion and I am pleased that there are bilateral contacts trying to address these differences,” Stoltenberg said, adding that NATO was not part of these bilateral discussions. . . .

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