EU reiterates rejection of Turkey-Libya maritime deal

European ambassadors to Libya have rejected a maritime deal struck by Libya's internationally recognised government, led by Fayez al-Sarraj, with Turkey last year. 

"The EU and its Member States reiterate that the Turkey-Libya Memorandum of Understanding on the delimitation of maritime jurisdictions in the Mediterranean Sea infringes upon the sovereign rights of third States, does not comply with the Law of the Sea and cannot produce any legal consequences for third States," the European diplomats said following meetings with senior officials from the Government of National Accord (GNA).

The agreement signed on Nov. 27, Turkey and the GNA during a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and GNA head Fayez al-Sarraj ignores territorial waters around the divided island of Cyprus and a number of Greek islands, including Crete.

Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, which seek to build a pipeline carrying gas to Europe across those waters, have all objected to the agreement.

The diplomats also emphasised the importance of a political solution to the Libyan conflict.

"In our meetings today in Tripoli, we reaffirmed that the EU is united behind the Berlin process as the only option to put an end to the Libyan crisis and the suffering of Libya's civilian population, and to avoid further destabilisation in Libya and in the region," they said.