Greek Foreign Minister: Turkish Agreement with GNA is Not Legitimate

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In a series of tweets, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias accused Turkey of deviating from the logic of countries respecting international law and the law of the sea.

Dendias said that his country’s differences with Turkey are very specific and related to the continental shelf and the upper sea region, stressing he supports dialogue with Turkey, but on real, not imaginary, differences.

“The memo that took place between Erdogan and al-Sarraj is unrecognised for us,” he added. “I have described it as rape, which does not have effect due to its illegality.”

“We are negotiating with Egypt regarding the demarcation of borders within the framework of international law and the law of the sea, and if we reach an agreement with Cairo, it will be a real agreement that will have a legal effect,” he tweeted.

“We cannot back down at all, we will do what we have to do, and I have adopted a clear position on the issue of Hagia Sophia, and we will announce a series of measures soon, to maintain the protection of this monument,” he said.

In December 2019, Turkey signed with the GNA, which is an interim non-elected government recognised by the United Nations, two MoUs on defence and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.

The maritime border agreement was rejected by several countries such as Egypt, Greece, Cyprus and the UAE and described as an illegal act that violates the sovereignty of other Mediterranean states.