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Re: G3* - LEBANON/CYPRUS - FM to go to Cyprus for talks on maritime border, says Qabbani

Released on 2012-03-10 18:00 GMT

Email-ID 152737
Date 2011-10-18 08:28:58
this is quite interesting. leb already has a maritime border with cyprus
(i think it was signed in 2007) but the leb parliament did not ratify it.
lebanon also wants to ramp up its exploration activities in eastern med,
as it has its own EEZ problems with Israel. I very much doubt that Cyprus
will do anything in favor of Leb at this time around, because Cyprus
highly depends on Israeli support against Turkey's assertiveness.


From: "Michael Wilson"
To: "alerts"
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 7:58:06 PM
Subject: G3* - LEBANON/CYPRUS - FM to go to Cyprus for talks on
maritime border, says Qabbani

FM to go to Cyprus for talks on maritime border, says Qabbani
October 17, 2011 share

Parliamentary Energy and Water Committee chief Mohammad Qabbani said on
Monday that Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour will head to Cyprus to continue
talks about amending the maritime treaty between the two countries.

a**Mansour will head to Cyprus to amend the treaty made with Cyprus
concerning Lebanona**s economic zone and to prepare for the treaty [to
demarcate the border] with Cyprus,a** the National News agency quoted
Qabbani as saying.

a**[Simultaneously] discussions will be held with Syria to demarcate the
maritime borders between [Lebanon and Syria],a** he added.

Qabbani also said that preparations will start in the first half of 2012
to give licenses for companies seeking to drill for petroleum resources
along Lebanona**s maritime coast.

In July, Israel's cabinet approved a map of the Jewish State's proposed
maritime borders with Lebanon, which is to be submitted to the UN.

Following Israela**s approval of the map, Energy Minister Gebran Bassil
countered that Lebanon will not give up its maritime rights.

Lebanon and Israel differ on their interpretation of their maritime
borders, which has become a contentious issue following the discovery of
potential offshore petroleum resources.

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