Speaker of the House of Representatives of Libya, Aguila Saleh, has asked the Cypriot Foreign Minister, Nikos Christodoulides, to convey to the EU two messages as regards the current situation in his country.
The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) has learned that Saleh, who had a meeting with Christodoulides, in Nicosia, on Saturday, asked the Cypriot Minister to convey to the EU the message that the Libyans need to decide for themselves about their future, as well as the message that a possible involvement of Turkey in the crisis in Libya, with the deployment of troops in the country, will mean the complete destabilization not only of Libya but of the whole region as well.
Saleh also met on Saturday morning in Nicosia with Cyprus’ House President Demetris Syllouris
In a joint statement issued after the meeting, Syllouris and Saleh said, inter alia, that the recent signing of an MoU between Turkey and the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya constitutes a blatant violation of the international law and lacks any legal basis, since it overlooks the provisions of the UN Law of the Sea Convention and has not been ratified, as required, by the House of Representatives of Libya.
The Cypriot Foreign Minister had on Thursday and Friday telephone conversations with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Sameh Shoukry, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ayman Al Safadi with whom he discussed about the situation in the broader Mediterranean region, focusing on the current situation in Libya.