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Eastern Libyan gov’t considers military deal between Ankara, Tripoli constitutionally invalid



Libya’s Interim Government considers the military agreement signed by Libya’s UN-backed western Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey as constitutionally invalid.

Abdullah al-Thani, head of the east-based government who said this in an interview with Sputnik, stressed that the deal would have serious consequences if it came into effect.

On Nov. 27, Turkey and the internationally recognised Libyan government signed a memorandum that set a new maritime border between them, which runs through a zone in the Mediterranean that Greece and Cyprus claim as their own.

Both Greece and Cyprus have criticised Turkey for its drilling activity in the Cyprus-claimed waters.

“As a matter of law, this security agreement is constitutionally null and void, as it has not been approved by the legitimate parliament, (Libya’s House of Representatives).

“Nothing gives the prime minister (of the western government Fayez Sarraj) the right to sign such an agreement outside the state, and therefore it does not mean anything,” al-Thani said.

He stressed that the GNA-Turkish agreement was opposed not only by the local authorities but by foreign countries, such as Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus as well.

“Certainly, this cooperation deal will have serious consequences. If it enters into force, it will be problematic,” al-Thani added.


(Edited & Vetted By: Emmanuel Yashim)

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