Greece challenges Libya declaration of 24 nm contiguous zone

In a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Greece's permanent representative to the organization, Evangelos Sekeris, says that Libya's recent decision to declare a 24-nautical mile contiguous zone, extending beyond its 12-nautical mile territorial sea, violates international law in three key respects.

The letter, which is dated January 17th, says that first, the limits of the Libyan claimed contiguous zone to the north of the Gulf of Sirte are measured from a closing line across the mouth of the gulf which is not justifiable under the relevant customary international law rules as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The letter stresses that Greece has challenged since 1974 Libya's claim to the Gulf of Sirte as "a unilateral act affecting basic principles of international law."

Secondly, it is noted that the...

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