President of the Libyan Parliament Aguila Saleh Issa rejected the Turkey-Libya maritime deal saying it is “void” and “unlawful” during a meeting with his Greek counterpart Konstantinos Tasoulas and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens on Thursday.
“[This agreement] is unacceptable as a whole, it is void and invalid because those who signed it do not have any legal authority to do so, his government itself was rejected, it failed a confidence vote twice and has not been legally sworn in at the house of representatives,” Saleh said.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias supported those comments and said the deal threatened “peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
Issa’s visit to Athens comes just under a week after the expulsion of Libyan Ambassador to Athens Mohamed Younis AB Menfi from the country as a result of an agreement signed between Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey on November 27, mapping out a maritime boundary between both countries in the Mediterranean, close to the Greek island of Crete.
Athens views the accord as an “infringement on its sovereignty” that could complicate its decades-old disputes with Turkey over Cyprus and maritime rights in the Aegean Sea.