Greek diplomatic source claims Turkey bribed Libya for maritime deal

The new Libyan flag is raised during a parade in the eastern city of Benghazi to celebrate the second anniversary of Nato's first military operation in Libya on March 19, 2013. On 19 March 2011, Kadhafi's troops and tanks entered the city and the same day French forces began an international military intervention in Libya, later joined by coalition forces with strikes against armoured units south of Benghazi and attacks on Libyan air-defence systems, after UN Security Council Resolution 1973 called for using "all necessary means" to protect Libyan civilians and populated areas from attack by government forces. AFP PHOTO / ADBULLAH DOMA (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey bribed Libya in order to get its internationally recognized government to sign an accord mapping out maritime boundaries between the two countries by sending weapons, a Greek diplomatic source claimed, according to the Ekathimerini news website.

According to the source, Greece has information on the shipment of weapons to the port of Libya and knows both the time of delivery and the ship on which they were transported.
It’s possible that the EU could impose sanctions on Libya, but for the time being Greece is not such pushing such a measure, the source said.

Concerning news that Turkey on Thursday sent the accord to the United Nations for approval, the source said that because the deal is invalid, it should not be accepted.

“What the Turks are doing is devoid of any seriousness. I think their overall analysis is wrong,” the source explained.

On Thursday EU leaders are expected to side with Greece on the maritime deal, according to a draft statement released by Reuters on Wednesday.

The statement will say 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 (and) does not comply with the [UN] Law of the Sea.”

Athens has also sent two letters to the United Nations, outlining in detail its objections to the “legally invalid” deal and has called on Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to bring the matter before the Security Council.

The letters – one for Guterres and one for the Security Council presidency – state that the deal blatantly violates the law of the sea regarding the demarcation of maritime borders, as Turkey and Libya do not have overlapping sea zones or common boundaries.

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