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Greece, Cyprus, Israel jointly condemn Turkey's decision to deploy troops in Libya

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Greek Prime Mimnister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (C), President of Cyprus Nicos Ananstasiadis (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) join hands during a meeting prior to the signing of the EastMed agreement in Athens, Greece, 02 January 2020.

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After a “historic” intergovernmental agreement was signed on Thursday by Greece, Cyprus and Israel for the construction of the EastMed natural gas pipeline, the three heads of state, condemned Turkey’s authorisation of troops deployment in Libya, in a joint statement.
“The Turkish decision to deploy troops in Libya presents a dangerous threat to regional stability”, said Kyriakos Mitsotakis, PM of Greece, Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus and Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The three leaders highlighted that Turkey’s move violates the UN Security Council Resolution of 2011, which imposes an arms embargo on Libya, and also undermines international efforts for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the country.
In their statement, the heads of state also underlined the possible repercussions that Turkey’s move could have for the stability of the region, citing Ankara’s intervention in Libya’s national sovereignty.
On Thursday, Egypt condemned the vote by the Turkish parliament to allow sending troops to Libya, while at night, Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, contacted both the Greek and Cypriot MFs to discuss “the dangerous escalation on Turkey’s part” in relation to Libya.

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