Bashagha: My government is ready to negotiate with Greece, Turkey, and Egypt on maritime demarcation
The House of Representatives-designated Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, said his government is ready to negotiate with Egypt, Turkey and Greece on the subject of the demarcation of joint maritime borders.
Bashagha said in a statement that he is ready to have bilateral negotiations with Egypt, Turkey and Greece for the demarcation of the maritime borders, underscoring that the exceptional and difficult circumstances that Libya is going through, resulting from a complex international and regional conflict, have been reflected in the Libyan internal status quo.
"The different and conflicting interests of countries were and still are the cause of the fragility of the situation in Libya. They contributed to the failure of our government to assume work at its headquarters in the capital, Tripoli." He added.
Last Tuesday, the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi issued a presidential decree defining the western maritime borders of Egypt in the Mediterranean.
The Libyan Foreign Ministry of the Government of National Unity (GNU) issued a response on Friday rejecting the unilateral decision made on December 11 by Egypt to demarcate maritime borders. It said that the Egyptian demarcation was unjust because it was unilaterally announced, and violated Libya’s territorial integrity and the principles of good faith as well as respect for sovereignty.
The Libyan Foreign Ministry also indicated that the delimitation of the borders between the two countries must take place by mutual agreement through negotiations that guarantee the interests of both parties and respect the principle of equality.
It also warned Egypt that this behavior could be referred to Chapter VI, Article 33 of the UN Charter: Pacific Settlement of Disputes, as well as the International Criminal Court.