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August 12, 2020

Greece Demands a Seat at Berlin’s Upcoming Libya Crisis Summit


The Greek government has requested to be invited to participate in the upcoming talks on the Libya crisis scheduled to be held in Berlin, possibly this coming weekend.

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas stated on Tuesday that Athens is “making every effort to take part in any initiative that has to do with solving the problem in Libya, always on the basis of a political solution. One of these processes is the Berlin Summit. We have asked to participate.”

Athens is lobbying Berlin to extend an invitation to the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, since Turkey is also expected to be invited. Petsios’ statement indicates that Germany has yet to finalize the list of countries invited to the meeting.

On Monday Dendias stressed that not only does Greece consider it crucial to have peace in Libya, but the international community must also condemn the agreements signed by Turkey and Libya regarding security cooperation and maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean.

Following a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides, Dendias emphasized that Turkey’s agreements with the government in Tripoli have clearly violated international law, and are therefore invalid and void.

Meanwhile, hours-long negotiations in Moscow aimed at agreeing on an unconditional and open-ended ceasefire in Libya failed to achieve a breakthrough on Monday; however, Russia expressed hope that the North African country’s warring factions would soon conclude a deal to end the fighting.

The head of the Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, signed the draft ceasefire agreement but his rival, military commander Khalifa Haftar, asked for more time to make a decision.

The defense ministers of Turkey and Russia, which back opposing sides in the conflict, acted as mediators in the Moscow negotiations, but the members of the rival delegations themselves did not apparently come face-to-face in the talks.

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