Sunday, December 22, 2013

Lebanon slams Israel's intent to demarcate maritime border

BEIRUT, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour warned Saturday that Israel's unilateral decision to demarcate the maritime border (EEZ)with Lebanon would threaten stability in the region.

Mansour said in a statement "this is a very dangerous decision if adopted by Israel, and it threatens stability, security and peace in the region.

He said that this action by Israel does not produce any legal obligations for Lebanon.

He explained "Israel's step does not produce any legal obligations for Lebanon as if it never happened," considering it a violation of international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

He said "article 74 of the corresponding law stipulates that the accord on demarcation of adjacent and facing economic zones (EEZ) is based on International Law, just as article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice says."

The caretaker minister urged Lebanese factions to fill the vacuum in the state's institutions in order for Lebanon to assume its national responsibility and face "Israel's new violation" with all legal means.

He added "Israel is held fully responsible for all consequences that such a step might produce."

Israel said it is seeking to demarcate the maritime border (EEZ) in the area disputed with Lebanon through a draft law that will be proposed at the Knesset.

Lebanon and Israel are bickering over a maritime zone (EEZ) that consists of about 854 square kilometers, which boasts suspected energy reserves worth billions of dollars.




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