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gas :In the Eastern Mediterranean, things are becoming more complex. ” Reports on the Turkish-Libyan agreement are unanimous in this conclusion, despite the differing analyzes, some of which went on to warn of the agreement’s ability to stand in the way of efforts to end the Libyan war.

in addition In a report titled “The Turkish-Libyan Agreement Shakes the EasternMediterranean,” Al-Monitor warned of the impact of the two
memorandums of understanding signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan and the President of the Presidential Council of the internationally recognized Libyan National Accord government, Fayez Al-Sarraj, on raising the level of tension. Between Ankara and NATO countries, with member leaders ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

however The first agreement focused on security and military cooperation, and the second on the definition of maritime areas of influence and the protection of the rights of the two countries stemming from international law.
The site, which extends from south-western Turkey to north-eastern Libya,
cuts off an area that Greece and Cyprus say belong to them. Note that work
is currently underway on projects to build a pipeline linking gas fields in
the Eastern Mediterranean to European markets, as Greece committed an
area of ​​thousands Square kilometers and claims it has a number of
exploration companies.

The agreement went on to coincide with Turkish ships continuing their exploration off the coast of Cyprus: Cyprus says Turkey is exploring 94 kilometers off the coast of Cyprus, while Turkey says the exploration site is located in the maritime part of northern Turkish Cyprus, the Republic of Ankara is recognized only.

Jalil Harshawi

a researcher at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague, said the agreement was a reaction by Turkish officials to isolate their country from energy developments in the region following the establishment of the Mediterranean Gas Forum earlier this year.

in addition It included the Republic of Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and Italy. In this regard, it should be recalled reports of the intention of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who visited Beirut in late August to raise the Mediterranean gas file with Lebanese officials. Some even went so far as to say that, with Russia’s help, Turkey intended to form a forum involving Lebanon, Syria and Northern Cyprus.

moreover Turkish officials are expected to support a NATO defense plan
that includes the Baltic states and Poland to obtain additional support for
the current Turkish operations against Kurdish militants in northeastern
Syria, the director of the Cyprus Center at the Peace Research Institute in
Oslo was quoted as saying. Harry Tzmitras said Ankara is “raising the
stakes” in the region by bringing in a new player to compete for resources.


in addition he explained that the move poses major obstacles for European
officials, as Turkey no longer implements its energy policy individually,
noting that the EU has imposed a number of economic, financial and
political sanctions on Ankara on the basis of its Mediterranean exploration. Tzmitras said the issue is now related to Greece, Cyprus, Syria and areas where Turkey has never had direct influence, such as southern Crete.

also Turkish analyst at Hurriyet, Sirkan Demirtaş, hinted that the Turkish-
Libyan agreement would change the rules of the game in the Eastern
Mediterranean, revealing that Admiral Jihad Yayce, an expert in maritime
law, proposed several years ago the idea of ​​defining Turkey’s maritime
areas by drawing Slanted lines. “Turkey’s oblique geographic position guarantees its right to delineate its maritime areas by drawing oblique lines and signing demarcation agreements with Libya, Israel and Lebanon,” Demirtas quoted Yaychi as saying recently. In his analysis, Demirtas listed Turkey’s benefits, saying it would give it direct influence over energy geopolitics in the Eastern Mediterranean.

When does the app start?

The Turkish Parliament will soon ratify the Libyan-Turkish agreement and will soon enter into force. Subsequently, Turkey will inform the United Nations of the agreement and the coordinates of the exclusive Turkish economic zones defined by the agreement with Libya. On the other hand, the entry into force of the agreement in Libya does not require parliamentary approval, given the absence of parliament under the country’s situation.

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