Turkey Agreement With Libya

Burhanettin Duran, a columnist for the pro-Erdogan Daily Sabah newspaper, writes: “Libya is one of Turkey`s maritime neighbours, which means that instability, terrorism, mass migration and human trafficking in the country are directly linked to Turkey. Limiting the definition of national security to terrorists beyond our land borders alone is simply not in sync with the current concept of national security. He added that criticism of Ankara blunted other states in the region “who do not want Turkey to strengthen its hand in the eastern Mediterranean.” Turkey and the GNA also signed an agreement last year on security cooperation and military cooperation. Earlier this year, Turkey sent troops, Syrian mercenaries and other military backers to help the GNA fend off an attack by Libya`s rival eastern-based National Army and fend off the deluge of the conflict. I am a senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and founding director of International Market Analysis, a washington, D.C-based risk consulting firm. I advise law firms and companies and one day helped get a famous Russian oligarch out of Putin`s prison. I am also a senior Fellow at the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC), where I lead their Energy, Growth and Security (EGS) program. For 22 years, I was the leading Russian/Eurasia expert of the Heritage Foundation and an international energy expert. My advice focuses on political risks, national security and energy policy, particularly in Russia/Europe/Eurasia and the Middle East. The company`s interventions include international security, economics, law, politics, terrorism, crime and corruption. In addition to advising the public and the private sector, I regularly testify before the U.S. Congress and play on Bloomberg, CNN, FOX, BBC, Al Jazeera and other television channels.

In my spare time, I enjoy skiing, sailing, classical music and my two cats. Greece and Cyprus, which have long had maritime and territorial disputes with Turkey, say the agreement is non-stretchable and contrary to international maritime law. They consider this to be a cynical theft of resources aimed at thwarting the development of gas in the eastern Mediterranean and destabilizing its rivals. In a joint statement of 11 May 2020, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, as well as France and the United Arab Emirates, condemned the agreement, arguing that it could have “no legal consequences for third countries” because it violated Greece`s sovereign rights and did not violate the law of the sea. [17] Turkey called the joint statement hypocritical by “a group of countries seeking regional chaos and instability.” [18] Not only is Turkey in conflict with Greece and Cyprus, but it is also exacerbating tensions between Ankara and the EU, in addition to persistent disputes over migration policy and broader questions about Turkey`s role in NATO.

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