Today, Saturday, the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it had submitted a letter to the United Nations and the Security Council, in which it demanded to ensure that Israel does not carry out any drilling operations in the disputed maritime areas between the two countries.
The Lebanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “At the directives of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdullah Abu Habib, Lebanon’s delegate to the United Nations, Ambassador Amal Mudallali, submitted a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the President of the Security Council, Ireland’s delegate to the United Nations, Geraldine Burne Nason, regarding the news of granting Israel signed contracts to provide evaluation services for exploration for gas and oil wells.
The statement added: “Lebanon called on the Security Council to ensure that the evaluation work of drilling is not located in a disputed area between Lebanon and Israel, in order to avoid any attack on the rights and sovereignty of Lebanon. It also called on Lebanon to prevent any future drilling operations in the disputed areas and to avoid steps that might pose a threat.” for international peace and security”.
And news reports had recently reported that the Israeli government had approved the Granting a license to a company To start gas exploration in a disputed maritime area between Lebanon and Israel, in the absence of a final agreement between the two countries on the issue of demarcating the maritime borders between them.
And in early May, a fifth round of indirect negotiations was held between Israel and Lebanon at the headquarters of the international force “UNIFIL” in Ras Naqoura, which had begun, in October of last year, with American mediation and UN auspices, with the aim of demarcating the water borders. Between them, the dispute over a disputed area in the Mediterranean was resolved.
It was also announced that the sixth round would be postponed to a later date due to differences in the negotiation track. The Lebanese media stated that the reason for the Lebanese delegation’s failure to attend the session was the Israeli preconditions in terms of limiting negotiations to an area of 860 square kilometers, and this is what the Lebanese delegation categorically rejected.
Negotiations are supposed to be limited to a maritime area of about 860 square kilometers, based on a map sent in 2011 to the United Nations; But Lebanon re-adjusted this area at a later time, considering that the map was based on wrong estimates.
Lebanon demands an additional area of 1,430 km, which was rejected by Israel, especially since this area includes parts of the “Karesh” field, in which a Greek company works for Israel.
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