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Source: European Parliament

In the past few weeks, the Turkish President Mr Erdogan and the Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya Mr al-Sarraj signed a memorandum of understanding on military cooperation and maritime jurisdiction between the two countries.

Based on this agreement, Turkey would be able to send troops to help Libya, launch joint maritime exploration activities and acquire a position of strength in decisions concerning gas pipelines crossing these sections of the seabed.

Bearing in mind that:

as stated by the Foreign Affairs Council of 9 December 2019 and in the European Council conclusions of 12 and 13 December 2019, this agreement constitutes a threat to stability in the region, in addition to infringing on the sovereign rights of third states and contravening the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea;

illegal drilling by Turkey is already causing tensions in the eastern Mediterranean area;

any moves by Turkey could raise tensions in Libya, where for months now troops loyal to the Government have been involved in clashes with General Haftar’s troops;

the deep international divisions and external interference in the Libyan peace process risk provoking a new rise in migration flows;

Can the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy say what action will be taken to protect the EU’s borders and the sovereignty of the Member States affected?

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