Monday, July 11, 2011

Lebanon Threatens Israel Over Maritime Border

by INN

President Michel Suleiman issued a stern warning to Israel “against any unilateral decisions Israel may take on maritime borders which would be a breach of international law” in the matter of the international maritime border. Echoing Suleiman's comments, Lebanese energy Minister Gebran Bassil said Beirut will not give up its maritime rights and accused Israel of "violations of (Lebanese) waters, territory and airspace, and today our oil rights."

Israel on Sunday submitted its version of the international border to the UN. There is an overlap of about 15 kilometers between the area claimed by both Israel and Lebanon. On Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that the border proposed by Lebanon contradicted a previous border agreement Beirut made with Cyprus, an agreement which he said supports Israel's map, and contradicts Lebanon's own international claims.

INN (Israel National News)


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