Interim Government Welcomes Statement By Mediterranean Countries Condemning Turkish Interference in Libya

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Interim Government welcomed the joint statement issued on May 11, 2020, by the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Greece, France, Cyprus, and the UAE.

The statement condemned the international violations by the Turkish government in Libya and the eastern Mediterranean region.

In a statement of its own on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Interim Government said that the violations went against international norms and laws regarding state sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs.

The Ministry’s statement also renewed its support for the Libyan National Army (LNA) in its fight to liberate tripoli from extremist and armed groups.

Echoing the Joint Statement by Mediterranean countries, the Interim Government also said it rejected the MoU’s signed between Turkey and the Government of National Accord (GNA), which redrew the maritime borders between the two countries.

The Foreign Ministry called on the international community and the United Nations to condemn the Turkish supply of weapons, foreign fighters and drones to the GNA, requesting that international recognition be withdrawn from the GNA in favour of a new political process.

In their statement, Egypt, Cyprus, UAE, France, and Greece urged Turkey to respect the sovereignty and rights of all states in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Ministers reiterated that the MoU on the ‘Delimitation of the Maritime Jurisdiction Areas in the Mediterranean’ and the MoU on ‘Security and Military Cooperation’ signed in November 2019 conflicted with international law, the UN arms embargo and undermined regional stability.

The Ministers rejected the maritime border alterations, claiming they infringed on the sovereign rights of third states and did not comply with the law of the sea.

Their statement also expressed deep regret over the escalation of fighting in Libya and stressed the need to refrain from all kinds of foreign military intervention.

They strongly condemned the Turkish military intervention and urged Turkey to bring an end to the flow of weapons and foreign fighters to Libya.

The parties to Libya’s conflict were called on to abide by a humanitarian truce during the holy month of Ramadan and to work towards a comprehensive political solution under the auspices of the United Nations.