EU calls on Turkey to respect international law, refrain from threats and adhere to dialogue with neighboring countries

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 02 Dec 2019, 04:33 PM
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The European Union (EU) on Monday called on Turkey to respect international law and stick to dialogue to resolve differences with neighbors, after signing of two memorandums of understanding with Libya's Government of National Accord on military cooperation and demarcation of maritime borders.

The new EU foreign policy spokesman, Peter Sano, and EU High Representative Spokesman Josep Borrell, said the European position on the Turkish-Libyan Memorandum of Understanding was clear: "Ankara must abide by international law, refrain from threat and adhere to dialogue.''

The spokesman added: "We call for avoiding any detrimental actions," stressing the European Union's explicit rejection of any change in the exclusive economic zone of Greece and Cyprus in the Mediterranean.

The current European position is in response to Greek Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday that Athens will seek support from NATO at its summit this week in London, after Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding with the Libyan Government of National Accord.

"NATO cannot remain indifferent when one of its members violates international law and seeks to harm another," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.

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