Turkey has applied to the UN for registration of the Agreement signed with Libya, which defines the countries’ maritime borders in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Ankara has asked the organization to register the memorandum on Wednesday, diplomatic sources said, who asked not to be named.
According to Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations: “Any treaty and any international agreement concluded by any Member of the United Nations … shall be registered and published by the Secretariat as soon as possible”.
The agreement with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) was signed on November 27 and was voted on by the Turkish parliament on December 5.
It has come into force from December 8, after the two countries published it in their respective official government newspapers.
The Memorandum defining the maritime jurisdictions of the two countries rejects unilateral and illegal activities of other regional countries and international companies and aims to protect the rights of both countries.
According to the US Geological Survey, the Mediterranean region is estimated to have millions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic meters of natural gas worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
Turkey has called on the peripheral countries to adopt an equality-based approach to these resources, but its calls have fallen on deaf ears.
Ankara continues drilling and exploration work in the area under the protection of its navy, according to Anadolu./ibna