The UN-backed Libyan government on Sunday protested the meetings of Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias with the east-based government led by Khalifa Haftar’s forces saying that the talks violate UN resolutions.
A statement issued in Tripoli said “what the Greek foreign minister did was a clear violation of the resolutions of the United Nations, the UN Security Council, and all regional organizations.”
“All such organizations acknowledge that the Government of National Accord is the sole legitimate government that should be dealt with, and even considering communication with the parallel government is illegal,” the government statement said.
Dendias on Sunday met with Abdulla Thani, prime minister of the east-based government, and Khalifa Haftar, commander of the east-based army, a Xinxua news agency report said.
The meetings discussed the controversial security memorandums of understanding (MoUs) signed between Libya and Turkey recently.
Dendias in a statement said the officials agreed that the MoUs in question are totally null and void and damaging for the Libyan people, society as well as the stability in the region.
On Thursday, the Tripoli-based UN-backed government approved the maritime memorandums of understanding signed with Turkey on Nov. 27.
The maritime boundary deal covers areas also claimed by Greece, and was denounced by Greece, Egypt and Cyprus as a violation of international law.
The east-based Libyan army has been leading a military campaign in and around the capital Tripoli since early April, trying to take over the city and topple the UN-backed government.
Thousands have been killed and injured in the fighting, and more than 120,000 people fled their homes from the violence.