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'A great mistake' to 'ignore' Turkey and TCs EastMed deal

SOUTH Cyprus, Greece and Israel are making a “great mistake” by “ignoring” Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots in their plans to build a 2,000km-long natural gas pipeline in the eastern Mediterranean, Prime Minister Ersin Tatar said last week.

'A great mistake' to 'ignore' Turkey and TCs EastMed deal

By KEREM HASAN

Chief Reporter

The PM was responding to the signing of an agreement in Athens last week to build the “EastMed” pipeline to provide natural gas to Europe, which would now cut through Turkey’s exclusive economic zone following a maritime boundary agreement with the Tripoli-based government in Libya.

Ankara and Tripoli say the “internationally valid” agreement delineates the sea between the south-west coast of Turkey and Libya’s north-eastern shore. South Cyprus and Greece have called the deal “illegal”.

Turkey has also decided to send troops to Libya to support the UN-backed Government of National Accord in its fight against forces lead by military strongman General Khalifar Haftar.

Speaking to Turkish media, Mr Tatar said the EastMed pipeline was “legally problematic” and that he did not believe it would ever be built.

“This step was taken following [November’s] agreement made between Turkey and Libya,” he said. “This [EastMed] project is not feasible and is not believable,” . . . it cannot even be dreamed of.

“It will be a great mistake to ignore the rights of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots.”

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