After Turkey’s declaration of maritime borders with Libya that ignore Greek islands, and led to a renewal in Greek-Turkish tensions, Greece is demanding to be included in the UN-led peace talks on Libya. “We want to be part of the solution in Libya, as it concerns us now too,” said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The Turkish maritime move, perhaps as a deliberate move, drew together two seemingly disparate conflicts – Turkey’s conflict with Greece and other countries over energy reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean, and Turkey’s involvement in the Libyan conflict. Mitsotakis pointed out that Libya is Greece’s natural maritime neighbour, and not Turkey’s. He further noted that if Greece and Turkey cannot reach an agreed through diplomatic means, they should take their quarrel to a neutral international body to act as an arbiter.