Libya accuses Greece of illegal exploration in its areas of sovereignty

A report issued by the Greek newspaper “Kathimerini” has mentioned that the Government of National Unity (GNU) objected to Greece carrying out illegal excavation work south of Crete in areas belonging to Libya.

According to the newspaper, the objection was via a letter sent to the Greek ambassador in Tripoli, Nikos Garilidis, shortly before the meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.

Greek sources explained to Kathimerini that the embassy received a note verbal regarding the excavation that took place south of Crete, explaining that “it will be responded to appropriately in the coming days by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

The sources indicated that Athens’ response would be mainly to record its reaction, and not to acknowledge any basis for the Libyan allegations.

According to the Greek newspaper, the Libyan objection comes as a comment on the seismic surveys completed by the Norwegian ship “Ramform Hyperion” weeks ago, as the GNU questions the boundaries of the territorial waters used by Greece in the maritime areas west and southwest of Crete (under Yiannis Maniatis Law 4001/2011). , which decides, in the absence of an agreement between Athens and Tripoli, to take the middle line as a maximum.


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