Lebanon's house speaker calls for drawing maritime borders with Israel

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-23 19:34:54|Editor: xuxin
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BEIRUT, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's House Speaker Nabih Berri said Tuesday that Lebanon is ready to draw the country's maritime borders under the supervision of the United Nations, the National News Agency reported.

"We are ready to draw Lebanon's maritime borders and those of the Exclusive Economic Zone using the same procedure that was used to draw the Blue Line under the supervision of the United Nations," Berri was quoted as saying during his meeting with the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Chief Stefano Del Col.

Meanwhile, Del Col said the UN can adopt the same procedures in drawing maritime borders which will boost security and stability.

Lebanon has an unresolved maritime border with Israel that involves a triangular sea area of about 860 square km extending along the edge of three of its 10 offshore energy blocks.

The United States mediated between Lebanon and Israel to end the dispute over maritime borders but failed to reach any positive results.

Berri has previously accused Israel of violating Lebanon's waters by allowing exploitation of oil and gas in an area close to the disputed borders.