Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Turkish troops are being sent to Libya ‘to ensure the survival and stability of the legitimate government,’ as the two countries prepare to grant licensing for drilling in the maritime area between the two, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in Ankara on Thursday.

“We signed an agreement with Libya to delineate maritime borders. It is no longer legally possible to conduct exploration and drilling activities or to run pipelines in the region between the Turkish and Libyan coasts without the approval of both countries. In 2020, we are licensing these areas and starting the search and drilling as quickly as ever. After the licensing work, for the first time the Oruc Reis seismic research vessel will conduct seismic studies in the region. We are sending our troops to this country to ensure the survival and stability of the legitimate government in Libya,” said Erdogan.

The statement comes after Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar decided not to sign a ceasefire deal after peace talks in Moscow on Monday, while head of the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj did.

The Moscow talks were brokered by Turkey, which backs the GNA and Russia, which supports Haftar.

 

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Territorial waters are 12NM. EEZ is about the exploitation of resources, these are NOT territorial waters thus you have no right to block a pipeline, idiot!

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@death 2, Erdogan Caliph owns all ex Ottoman countries and Islands. The old peace treaties are void. In Libya he will prevail where Atatürk fought and failed. The Kuffar of the EU will be beaten till they pay tribute. The Jews start to resettle from France to Israel. And he will send refugee colonists by the 100 thousands to replace them. Amen. LOL

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p.s. The Charles de Gaulle CVBG during Libyan Campaign https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GDqhNi4gTIEas
And she is heading to the East Mediterranean again on a NATO exercise accompanied by ships from EU countries that have nothing to do with the defense of that part of the NATO flank. Hope the new Padishah understands the gesture or he will get new treaties.

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The Caliph of Ankara threatens the EU acquis and claims he owns it by consent with the Jihadi government in Libya.