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Germany: Berlin says Libyan-Turkish border deal not 'legally binding for third-party states'

Germany, Berlin
January 24, 2020 at 15:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Libya-Turkey maritime border deal violates international law, said a government spokesperson in Berlin on Friday.

"The agreement between Turkey and Libya about setting the maritime boundaries violates the territorial rights of third-party states and is not compatible with maritime law and cannot be legally binding for third-party states," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Adebahr at a weekly press conference

Adebahr continued "This is a [EU] position that we have contributed to and we're fully standing behind it. If I see the leaked passages correctly it is congruent with the report of the Bundestag."

Her remarks came after Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated that the EU will not agree to a Libya peace agreement as long as the Libya-Turkey deal is alive.

Commenting on a test of face recognition technology at Berlin's Sudkreuz train station last year, Interior Ministry spokesperson Daniil Kushnerovich that face recognition can be a useful tool for the federal police at airports and train stations.

The German government refused to comment on reports that former Economic and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel will join the corporate board of Deutsche Bank, with Ulrike Demmer saying "Well, the cooling-off period is over, and the committee that is usually dealing with that has not been tasked with that."

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The Libya-Turkey maritime border deal violates international law, said a government spokesperson in Berlin on Friday.

"The agreement between Turkey and Libya about setting the maritime boundaries violates the territorial rights of third-party states and is not compatible with maritime law and cannot be legally binding for third-party states," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Adebahr at a weekly press conference

Adebahr continued "This is a [EU] position that we have contributed to and we're fully standing behind it. If I see the leaked passages correctly it is congruent with the report of the Bundestag."

Her remarks came after Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated that the EU will not agree to a Libya peace agreement as long as the Libya-Turkey deal is alive.

Commenting on a test of face recognition technology at Berlin's Sudkreuz train station last year, Interior Ministry spokesperson Daniil Kushnerovich that face recognition can be a useful tool for the federal police at airports and train stations.

The German government refused to comment on reports that former Economic and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel will join the corporate board of Deutsche Bank, with Ulrike Demmer saying "Well, the cooling-off period is over, and the committee that is usually dealing with that has not been tasked with that."

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