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Greece to ask for NATO’s support in dispute with Turkey

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Greece to ask for NATO’s support in dispute with Turkey

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) – The Greek Prime Minister said on Sunday he would ask other NATO members at the London alliance summit to support Greece in the face of Turkey's attempts to invade Greek sovereignty, especially last week's deal. with Libya to delineate the maritime borders in the Mediterranean.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the conservative New Democracy congress on Sunday that NATO cannot remain indifferent when one of its members "blatantly violates international law" and that a neutral approach is to the detriment of Greece, which has never tried to increase tensions there. . the area.

Cyprus, Egypt and Greece have condemned the Libyan-Turkish agreement as contrary to international law. Egyptian and Greek foreign ministers Sameh Shoukry and Nikos Dendias discussed the issue on Sunday in Cairo.

Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a post-meeting statement that the two ministers agreed that the Turkey-Libya agreement was "illegal" and that Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj has no right to sign memoranda with other countries outside (the scope de) the UN-mediated agreement that established his government.

"We agree that Sarraj probably has no mandate to sign (two agreements with Turkey), which in any case act as destabilizing factors in the area," Dendias said after the meeting. "We also agree with (Shoukry) to accelerate negotiations between expert teams to define and delineate exclusive economic zones between Greece and Egypt," Dendias added.

While Greece and Egypt are in the Mediterranean Sea, as are Greece and Turkey, Libya is geographically further from Turkey and the waters between the two countries are mainly those between Greece and Egypt.

The Turkey-Libya agreement has increased tension in an ongoing dispute with Greece, Cyprus and Egypt over oil and gas drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey does not recognize Cyprus as a state – but does recognize the Turkish Cypriot separatist entity, the only country to do so – and is conducting exploratory gas drilling in waters where the ethnically divided island nation has exclusive economic rights.

Ankara says it is defending its rights and those of Turkish Cypriots in regional energy reserves.

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Sam Magdy contributed to this Cairo report.

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This story was corrected to show that the Greek Foreign Minister said the talks were about exclusive economic zones between Greece and Egypt, not Greece and Turkey.

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