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Source: European Parliament

Whereas on 27 November 2019, Turkey and Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding demarcating new arbitrary maritime boundaries between the two countries and enhancing security and military cooperation.

The agreement violates international maritime law, the principle of good neighbourly relations and the sovereignty of the neighbouring coastal states over maritime zones. In particular, the legitimate rights of EU Member States such as Greece and Cyprus are clearly and indisputably being disregarded.

Considering that Turkey is an EU candidate country receiving pre-accession assistance and that the EU has supported Libya with EUR 375 million in aid, what concrete actions is the VP/HR willing to take to defend the rights and prerogatives of EU Member States vis-à-vis the bilateral memorandum of understanding signed by Turkey and the GNA?

Does the VP/HR believe that the signing of an agreement of this kind is consistent and compatible with Turkey’s status as an EU candidate country?

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