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Re: MORE* - 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 157158
Date 2011-10-20 09:44:15
hah - i was expecting this. now, turkey seems to be countering Cyprus'
move by partnering with Lebanon. There are couple of dynamics here:
- Cyrpus and Lebanon signed their maritime treaty in 2007 and at the time
everything was fine.
- Israel found vast nat gas reserves in Leviathan and Tamal.
- Lebanon and Israel have a dispute over EEZ demarcation (Leb claims that
Israel breaches 860 sq km of its EEZ space).
- Cyprus knows that it is able to push its exploration ambitions thanks to
the disagreements btw Turkey and Isr (bear in mind that Cyprus and Isr
signed a maritime agreement few months after Mavi Marmara incident). So, I
don't think that it will adjust its treaty with Lebanon at the expense of
- Turkey sees an opportunity to use Leb/Isr dispute as a means to contain
Cyprus and Israel, but again, what can it do?


From: "Michael Wilson"
To: "alerts"
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6:44:24 PM
Subject: MORE* - Re: G3* - LEBANON/CYPRUS - FM to go to Cyprus for talks
on maritime border, says Qabbani

Mansour: Turkish delegation to discuss Lebanona**s maritime treaty with
October 19, 2011 share

Minister of Foreign Affairs Adnan Mansour said on Wednesday that Turkey
a**will send a team to hold discussions with Lebanese officials regarding
[Lebanona**s] maritime treaty with Cyprus, since Ankara has its own point
of view regarding the treaty,a** the National News Agency reported.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had told Prime Minister Najib
Mikati that his country rejects Lebanona**s maritime treaty with Cyprus.

Mansour also said that Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Ghadanfar Roken
Abadia**s visit to Lebanona**s Foreign Ministry on Thursday will tackle
preparations for Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehia**s upcoming
visit to Lebanon next week.

On 10/17/11 11:58 AM, Michael Wilson wrote:

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

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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