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Greece to expel Libyan Ambassador over Ocean accord with Turkey

Greece said on Friday that Libya’s ambassador to the nation was expelled following a contentious accord reached by Tripoli and Ankara to establish maritime boundaries.

Dendias is known as the Turkey-Libya accord a”blatant breach of global law” whereas Ankara asserts it’s”protecting its rights.”

The expulsion is the latest twist in a saga of Mediterranean countries jostling to maintain yet-untapped gas and oil in the area.

It’s as Turkey’s parliament and Libya’s presidential council ratified Thursday that their memorandum of understanding about marine zones.

Greece and Turkey are at odds over several decades-old problems that range from mineral rights at the Aegean Sea into ethnically-split Cyprus.

Tensions are already running high between Athens and Ankara due to Turkish drilling from the southern Mediterranean from the coast of Cyprus, and also the European Union has ready sanctions from Turkey in reaction.

Concerns Throughout the Area

Libya’s neighbor Egypt dismissed the deal as”prohibited” as did Cyprus, although Greece has stated any such accord could be absurd since it ignored the existence of the Greek island of Crete between the coasts of both Turkey and Libya.

But Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said on Sunday the arrangement was”in compliance with the court decisions which produce the global jurisprudence and global law including the pertinent articles of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea”

On Thursday, Cyprus stated it had been petitioning the International Court of Justice to protect its overseas rights.

‘Confidence-building steps’

“I increased all problems regarding the hottest Turkish activities,” Mitsotakis said in a statement. “The disagreements of either side were listed. Both sides, however, agreed to continue talks on confidence-building steps”

“I wish to reassure that the Greek people that problems with Turkey existed, exist and will exist. However, I evaluate that, given that the two sides demonstrate goodwill, these can be overcome,” Mitsotakis said.