Thursday, February 8, 2018

Egypt: Foreign ministry bitch slaps Turkey.

(Cairo) Egypt warned on Wednesday against any attempts to infringe or disparage its sovereign rights in the eastern Mediterranean’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), following statements by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that a 2003 maritime border demacration agreement between Egypt and Cyprus was invalid.

Egypt foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said that any attempts to breach Egypt’s rights were "unacceptable" and would be contested, slamming Cavusoglu's statements.

On Tuesday, Turkish FM Cavusoglu told the Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini in an interview that his country considers the maritime border demarcation agreement "null and void, according to international law."
"Turkey has submitted to the UN its objection to the Egyptian-Greek Cypriot agreement of 2003 regarding to the so-called 'Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone. After thorough examination, we have clearly stated that the agreement violates Turkey’s continental shelf, No foreign country, company, or vessel may conduct any unauthorized hydrocarbon or scientific research activity on Turkey’s continental shelf."
With that self proclamation amendment of international law as taken out of the Chinese rule book . Turkey intends to search for hydrocarbons in Cypriot and Egyptian waters and no doubt will be sending in their Navy to bully others. Problem is Eygpt isn't having any of it.

In a nutshell, what Turkey is saying is, what is mine is mine and what is yours is also mine.