Turkey has reacted strongly to the maritime zone agreement signed between Greece and Egypt on Thursday, saying it violates the continental shelf of Turkey and Libya, and thereby is “null and void.”
The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) designated in the agreement falls in the area of Turkey’s continental shelf and violates both Turkish and Libyan maritime rights. It also says that Greece and Egypt do not share a sea border.
In a post on Twitter, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “Greece-Egypt agreement is null and void. Will continue to resolutely defend rights of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots at the table and on the ground.”
In November 2019, Turkey and Libya signed a Memorandum of Understanding arbitrarily delineating an EEZ that includes large parts of Greece’s maritime zone around Crete and Rhodes. The deal is considered illegal by the international community as it violates the Law of the Sea.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias called the Egyptian-Greek deal an “exemplary agreement,” adding “It is the complete opposite of the illegal, invalid and legally non-existent memorandum of understanding between Turkey and Tripoli.”
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that it was surprising that Turkey had condemned the maritime zone agreement between the two countries without even knowing the content.