The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus decries the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Turkey and Libya allegedly trying to delimit maritime zones between them. If such a delimitation was to take place, it would constitute a serious breach of international law, as it would disregard the legal rights of other coastal states of the Eastern Mediterranean, and would be opposing the recognized principle of the Convention on the Law of the Sea and customary law on the rights of the islands within an EEZ and a shelf, the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus states.
The Memorandum of Understanding therefore lacks, and does not in any way produce, any legal effects that intervene in the legal rights of the Republic of Cyprus or other coastal states, the Communication continues.
By distorting the rules of the Law of the Sea and by forging geography, Turkey cannot obtain legal foundations in the Eastern Mediterranean. On the contrary, Turkey’s actions prove once again that its positions on International Law constitute a minority of one.
“The same is certainly true of Turkey’s positions, as reflected in the recent letter of its Permanent Representative to the United Nations to the UN Secretary-General, in which coordinates were submitted regarding the maritime region west and north of Cyprus, in breach of any concept of International Law, violating the legal rights of the Republic of Cyprus within its maritime zones. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs unilaterally rejects the Turkish positions and its unfounded claims, and will respond appropriately by means of a formal letter to the United Nations”, the statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus concludes. /ibna