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Greek Foreign Ministry delivers note verbale to Libya over its claims about ‘Sanco Swift’ research vessel

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The Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry delivered a note verbale to the Libyan embassy in Athens, refuting claims of ‘illegal’ actions by seismic research vessel ‘Sanco Swift’, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, the maritime research south of the Peloponnese and southwest of Crete is carried out in regions of Greek jurisdiction, according to the rules of the international law of the sea. The coordinates of the regions where research is taking place are accessible to all interested parties through relevant Navtex announcements.

Greece welcomes the reference by the Libyan side to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), but reminds the Libyan side that the two illegal and unfounded memorandums of understanding it signed with Turkey in November 2019 and October 2022 are blatantly violating key regulations of UNCLOS that also reflect rules of customary international law. In addition, the Greek ministry underlines that these illegal memorandums ignore and volate Greece’s sovereign rights over its continental shelf, as well as its sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the Exclusive Economic Zone.

The ministry also reiterated its desire for the restart of bilateral collaboration in a spirit of mutual trust, in the context of the historic ties of friendship between the two countries and their peoples.

Diplomatic sources also underlined that by its note verbale, Greece expresses once again its readiness to continue negotiations with the Libyan government that will emerge after national elections, over the delimitation of maritime zones, based on UNCLOS.

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