Following the Turkish-Libyan announcement of an agreement delineating maritime borders between the two, European leaders have come out in support of the Greek position, whereby the deal is illegitimate as it fails to consider the island of Crete. Turkey argues that Crete does not have a continental shelf, and therefore its location does not affect Turkish claims in the region.
Last week, Greece expelled Libya’s ambassador to Athens in growing tensions between Turkey and the Tripoli government in Libya, and Greece, Egypt, Cyprus and others with the Tobruk government. According to EU leaders, this agreement “infringes upon the sovereign rights of third states … does not comply with the Law of the Sea”. Greece has filed its objection with the UN. This could affect international efforts to broker an end to the fighting.