German Foreign Ministry on the Turkish-Libyan pact: Greece is not bound – It has no legal effect

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It is a principle of international law that two states cannot enter into an agreement at the expense of a third statehis spokesman said German of State, Christopher Burger, answering a question about the memorandum signed by Libya and Ankara on hydrocarbons and emphasized that “if two states conclude an agreement to the detriment of Greece, then in any case Greece is not bound by it and in this sense it has no legal effect”.

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Mr. Burger reserved himself to come back with an evaluation of the matter in its details, he emphasized, however, according to APE-MPE: “At the beginning I would like to say that principle of international law is that states cannot trade with each other to the detriment of third parties. We also know this from civil law. No two parties can agree that something belongs to them and does not belong to a third party. If in this case two countries enter into an agreement to the detriment of Greece, then in any case Greece is not bound by it and in this sense it has no legal effect. This is a principle of international law, that it is not possible for two states to enter into an agreement at the expense of a third state. For a detailed assessment of this recent step I will have to come back.”

What does the Turkey-Libya agreement provide for?

Continuing the strategy of tension, Turkey proceeded to implement the illegal Turkish-Libyan memorandum on the use of the EEZ, causing concern for new tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, but also directly attacking Greece and its sovereign rights by attempting to create complete south of it Crete.

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Half of Turkey’s cabinet, at the behest of the country’s President Tayyip Erdogan, went to Tripoli, Libya and today signed a memorandum of understanding on hydrocarbon exploration in Libyan waters, three years after the controversial maritime demarcation memorandum, which angered Greece and of the European Union (EU).

According to Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu himself, this agreement foresees the carrying out of research for hydrocarbons in the territorial waters of Libya but also on the territory of the country by joint Turkish-Libyan companies.

It is worth noting that the memorandum signed by the two countries for a joint EEZ and concluded in 2020 essentially “falls” on the EEZ of Greece – Egypt.

Greece has denounced the Turkish-Libyan memorandum as dead and ineffective. As the government spokesman Yiannis Oikonomou emphasized in his statements to ERT, “it is not the first time that Turkey seems to ignore the international environment and create fait accompli. Turkey is trying to build a reality around something that is illegal.” He added that this memorandum infringes on the sovereign rights of other countries as well.

Source: News Beast

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