Thursday, February 8, 2018

Egypt warns against attempt to breach its sovereignty in economic zone

maritime border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Cyprus
Egypt warned Wednesday against any attempts that breach its sovereignty in the eastern Mediterranean's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), after Turkey denied a 2003 maritime border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Cyprus.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement that any attempts to breach Egypt's rights were unacceptable and would be contested.

Abu Zeid said that no party can contest the agreement's validity, "as it is in line with the principles of international law and has been recognized as an international agreement by the UN."

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday said his country considers the maritime border demarcation agreement "null and void," adding that it "violates Turkey's continental shelf."

Cavusoglu said so in an interview with the Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini, saying Turkey has submitted to the UN its objection to the Egyptian-Cypriot agreement of 2003 regarding to the so-called "Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone."

Cavusoglu continued that "no foreign country, company, or vessel may conduct any unauthorized hydrocarbon or scientific research activity on Turkey's continental shelf."

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