Erdogan says maritime deal with Libya sent to UN for registration

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that the maritime boundary delimitation agreement signed with Libya was sent to the United Nations for registration.

“We will use our rights under international law and maritime law till the end,” Erdogan said at his party’s meeting in Istanbul.

On Nov. 27, Turkey inked a memorandum of understanding with the internationally recognized government of Libya, which delimits maritime zones in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and reaffirms the rights of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots in the sea.

The deal is expected to protect Turkey’s rights in the face of drilling activities by Greece and Cyprus in the Mediterranean, which have been a source of friction between Ankara and Athens.

In response, Greece announced on Friday that it had ordered the Libyan ambassador to leave the country within 72 hours.

The Turkish-Libyan agreement officially went into effect on Saturday following its publication in the Turkish Official Gazette, as the Turkish parliament approved it on Thursday.