The agreement on the partial demarcation of maritime boundaries between Greece and Egypt was posted on the website for the United Nation’s Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea on Thursday.
The deal, signed on August 6, 2020, designates an exclusive economic zone in the eastern Mediterranean, which in turn gives the two countries rights over natural resources in the region.
Greek sources told the Athens-Macedonia News Agency (AMNA) that the publishing of the deal by the UN, in combination with the delay in the posting of an accord signed between Turkey and the internationally recognized government of Libya in November 2019, is a “diplomatic success.”
The same sources added that it is the result of a long effort by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who is in regular contact with the Secretary-General of the UN, Antonio Guterres.
This is also the first deal to be published on the delimitation of maritime zones between Greece and a neighboring country in four decades.
A similar agreement signed with Italy will be posted as soon as it enters into force.