Selin ATAY-TDO- Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hailed an agreement signed Thursday between Greece and Egypt designating an exclusive economic zone in the Eastern Mediterraenan between the two countries, saying that it had “restored legality in the region.”
PM Mitsotakis said the agreement had recognized the Greek islands’ lawful rights to all maritime zones, while attacking last year’s contentious Turkey-Libya maritime boundaries agreement.
“[The deal] creates a new reality in the Easterm Mediterranean as it restores legality in the region, a legality that the illegal and groundless Turkey-Libya memorandum sought to challenge,” PM said in a statement.
“With Egypt, like we did with Italy a few months ago, we showed that abiding with international law is the only path to security, peace, stability and good neighborly relations,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.
Egypt on Thursday announced that it had signed a bilateral agreement with Greece on the "delimitation of maritime jurisdictions" between the Greece and Egypt.
Turkey's top diplomat Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday said Greece and Egypt violated the rights and continental shelves of Turkey and Libya by signing a maritime deal on exclusive economic zones (EEZ) in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry slammed the "so-called agreement" in a statement, asserting that Greece and Egypt had no mutual sea border and that the deal was "null and void" for Turkey.
Foreign Ministry added that the demarcated area in the agreement was located on Turkey's continental shelf, as Ankara had reported to the UN.