The agreement with Turkey exacerbates tensions in the Mediterranean | Rigzone


In its latest Maritime Security Threat Advisory (MSTA), Dryad Global noted that in Libya, Turkey had signed a “preliminary agreement” with the GNU government of Dbeibah “allowing oil and gas exploration in an area maritime dispute, with an implicit agreement that Turkey continue to support the GNU militarily from Dbeibah to Tripoli”.

The deal has heightened tensions in the Mediterranean with countries rejecting the deal as contrary to international law, Dryade said in the MSTA, adding that Greece has threatened to use force to defend its sovereignty against exploration in the region. disputed region.

“Libya’s eastern-based parliament also rejected the deal, saying Dbeibah does not have the mandate to sign international agreements. It is unlikely that the deal will be implemented in eastern Libya because the eastern coast of Libya is controlled by Parliament and General Haftar,” the MSTA said.

“Tensions over Dbeibah’s signing of the Turkey deal and his activation of the Higher Energy Council that gives him greater executive control over oil and gas decisions have heightened the risk of protests and potential shutdowns. ports in eastern Libya,” the MSTA added.

In a separate MSTA published on September 26, Dryad pointed out that “violent clashes” had broken out in the town of Zawiya between rival militias loyal to Prime Minister Dbeibah’s GNU.

“At least five people were killed and 13 injured. The militias used heavy weapons, with reports of mobilizations and tanks in the city center. Earlier, on September 23, clashes took place in the southwest of Tripoli in Hai Assiam between Misratah and Zawiyaan militias. Heavy and medium weapons were used,” the MSTA added.

“The clashes spread to Tripoli International Airport and the Islamic Call Society where the Security Directorate Support Force intervened. Clashes in Zawiya and Tripoli did not impact port operations. However, there were road closures and heightened security measures during and after the clashes,” the MSTA continued.

In another MSTA published on September 12, Dryad noted that the Greek Coast Guard fired warning shots at a Comorian-flagged ro-ro ship 11 nm southwest of the Turkish island of Bozcaada in the Aegean Sea on September 11th.

“The Greek Coast Guard confirmed firing ‘warning shots’ as the captain of the freighter refused to allow an inspection after being observed ‘moving suspiciously’ in Greek territorial waters off the island from Lesvos,” Dryad said in this MSTA.

“Greece frequently embarks in this region as it is a known route for smuggling migrants from the Middle East to the EU. This is the latest escalation in tensions between Turkey and Greece which have escalated in recent weeks over allegations of airspace violations and militarization of the Aegean islands,” the MSTA added. .

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