“EastMed pipeline may not pass by without consent of Turkey”

Dr. Savaş Biçer, International Relations Specialist, said the following about EastMed Natural Gas Pipeline Project that will transport the natural gas Israel will manufacture in East Mediterranean to Europe in cooperation with South Cyprus and Greece: “In accordance with the agreement signed between Turkey and Libya, it is not possible to construct the natural gas pipeline through the zone mentioned without consent of Turkey”.

After the Turkish Parliament passed a bill authorising the government to deploy troops in Libya, the resolution was enforced after being published in the Official Gazette. It is now a matter of curiosity when the troops will go to Libya after the meeting between the President Erdoğan, and Russia’s President Vladamir Putin on 8 January.

Dr. Savaş Biçer, Head of International Relations at Nişantaşı University, explained, “Libya deployment bill is a bill that the government asks from the Parliament to deploy its troops in Libya, but its real meaning is different. This would be an easy explanation. Libya Deployment Bill is an issue Turkey has been defending for a very long time, and a follow-up of the attempt to protect marine rights and benefits in East Mediterranean, called “Blue Motherland”, occurring after the memorandum on the agreement about restriction of marine authorization with Libya for the first time. The problem is not deploying troops in Libya. It is in fact a follow-up of the initiative Turkey has to carry out due to its foreign policy it has been persisting on”, regarding Libya Deployment Bill.


“This situation is far beyond historic and financial relations between these two countries, Turkey’s interest in the petroleum in the region, and even humanitarian aid.”, continued Dr. Savaş Biçer. He also added, “Several reactions have arisen from all over the world as a result of the agreement regarding the restriction of marine rights zones most recently. The most important countries showing these reactions were the ones making several attempts against Turkey’s sovereign rights in East Mediterranean. I mean countries such as Greece, Israel and Southern Cyprus … Turkey has proved a positive document based on international law regarding its sovereignty especially over East Mediterranean as of the date when memorandum of agreement was signed. Turkey says the attempts of these countries will not be permitted. This is a right attempt which also exists in international law. Turkey performs it with a legitimate government recognized in Libya by United Nations (UN). However, this legitimate government is currently under threat with the attacks because of games of imperialism in Libya. Even if UN, Turkey and European Union (EU) recognize this government, the power of this agreement may be abrogated if this government is abolished.”


Dr. Biçer emphasized the necessity of protecting this agreement between these two countries and Turkey’s sovereignty rights over East Mediterranean, and added, “This attempt is a must to protect Blue Homeland, which proves Turkey’s sovereignty rights beyond its lands and waters. This is not to be considered as a direct fight against rebellious groups by deploying troops in Libya. Besides, this situation was well explained in details in the bill. It is right to deploy troops in Libya in terms of international jurisdiction. I find it positive to deploy troops in Libya because this will strengthen Turkey’s diplomatic attempts. This is an attempt that will enable Turkey to defend its rights before international law”.


An agreement has been signed for EastMed gas pipeline project that will deliver the natural gas Israel will manufacture in East Mediterranean to Europe in cooperation with Southern Cyprus and Greece. Dr. Biçer exclaimed, : “In accordance with the agreement signed between Turkey and Libya, it is not possible to construct the natural gas pipeline through the zone which is in the exclusive financial boundaries of these two countries mentioned without consent of Turkey”.


Dr. Biçer pointed the following:

“A web of international relations started to be span upon the latest news in Libya on the contrary to what happened in Syria. It means Turkey, Iran and Russia were on the same page in Syria. In Libya, Russia and Egypt support Houthi. Turkey supports the existing government reconciled with EU and UN. America has not shown any explicit attitude yet. EU countries support the side that will help them protect their own rights. It is highly possible during this process that organizations such as Al-Qaeda and ISID take advantage of this gap and get stronger. The cooperation Turkey started with Russia in Syria will not work in Libya. Attitude of the United States of America (USA) is vital at this point. I believe this can later turn into a beginning point of a cooperation that may restart between Turkey and the USA. “

Release date: 03.01.2020