DW: “Objection in Libya to the hydrocarbon agreement with Turkey”

Turkey is expected to start hydrocarbon exploration activities in Libyan waters soon

In the discussion of the new agreement between Turkey and Libya on the subject of hydrocarbon exploration, he mentions a publication of the Turkish edition of DW entitled “Libya’s objection to the hydrocarbon agreement with Turkey”.

The publication notes that Libya’s House of Representatives will meet to discuss the hydrocarbons agreement the government signed with Turkey. An agreement against which there are objections “from the Libyan opposition” as is characteristically noted.

The objection is not surprising

Dr. Umberto Profazio, a Libya analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), speaking to Turkey’s DW reports that: “We know that some leaders, including the speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, and his political ally Fathi Bashaga, opposed the agreement from the beginning. In this context, it is not surprising that the parliament took the initiative against the memorandum.”

“Even if there is a vote, it will have no effect,” said Profazio, noting – among other things – that the last elections in the country were held eight years ago and that members of parliament face a legalization problem.

Speaking to Turkish DW, a diplomatic source in Libya supported the position that the vote is not binding.

It is not binding

Pointing out that the agreement in question has the status of a memorandum, the source argued that the Parliament has the right to only talk about agreements, but does not have the authority to make binding decisions on the relevant memorandum. The source claims, according to the publication, that the memorandum on maritime jurisdiction areas has also faced objections in parliament and said: “Such a move will be nothing more than recording the reaction of the opposition.”

Speaking to the Libyan press earlier this week, Turkish Ambassador to Tripoli Kenan Yılmaz said the hydrocarbons and energy deals are based on the “win-win” principle, adding that “the deal is in the interest of Libya and Libyans.” . After the signing of the memorandum, Dbeiba, arguing that the decision serves the interests of the Libyans, stated that he “did not take seriously the objections of the opposition”.

Turkey had signed a memorandum of understanding on maritime jurisdiction in 2019 with Fayez Al Sarraj, then chairman of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord in Libya. After taking office, Dbeiba announced that he would abide by the memorandum.

Libya, which has been in political chaos since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has Africa’s largest oil reserves. Turkey is expected to start hydrocarbon exploration activities in Libyan waters soon.

SOURCE: in.gr

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