Dendias to the UN: Turkey is trying to usurp our sovereign rights through illegal agreements

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At the UN Security Council meeting on Libya, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that his country will do everything possible to uphold international law, achieve peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The comments came amid an incandescent climate in Libya and the Turkish provocations which continue at a steady pace. In particular, he stated meaningfully that no discussion on Libya would have any effect in the midst of the illegal memorandum signed between Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood Government of National Accords to steal Greek maritime space.

The UN Security Council on Libya, chaired by the German Presidency of the Council, discussed the progress of efforts for peace and a political solution.

"I reiterate our position that any solution, in order to be viable, must be Libyan-owned, based on international law and respect for human rights, always in the context of the relevant United Nations resolutions and conclusions of the Berlin Process, which is reinforced by the recent Cairo Initiative," the Foreign Minister said.

He stressed the need to put an immediate end to foreign intervention and the observance of the arms embargo.

"Two parameters that fuel the conflict and have the unique effect of causing further instability in the country and the wider region," Dendias said.

He made it clear that Greece actively supports the "UN efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire and the return of negotiations, with a view to reaching a political solution. The stable goal of our country is peace in Libya and the establishment of security and stability in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean. And that includes our contacts, such as my meeting with the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, last week in Libya."

UN Secretary-General António Guterres denounced "unprecedented foreign involvement" in Libya, with "the deployment of state-of-the-art equipment."

Speaking during a Security Council teleconference, Guterres expressed concern about the reorganisation of military forces around the town of Sirte, located between Tripoli in the west and Benghazi in the east.

Militias of the Muslim Brotherhood Government of National Accords based in Tripoli, with significant external support, continue their course to the east and are now 25 km west of Sirte, he noted.