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UN to Assist Lebanon With Delimitation of Maritime Borders

The United Nations will seek to help Lebanon define its maritime borders in the Mediterranean, where Israel plans to drill for oil and gas, the UN representative in Lebanon said.

The UN “is considering how best it can help Lebanon in this area and especially with regard to the maritime border between Lebanon and Israel,” Michael Williams said in an e-mailed statement after meeting with Energy Minister Gebran Bassil today. He said Lebanon should take steps to define maritime borders with Cyprus and Syria.

Lebanon has said that some of the gas deposits found off Israel’s Mediterranean coast extend into Lebanese waters, and in January it asked the UN to protect its territorial rights over the resources. Israeli companies say they have located fields that may contain 25 trillion cubic feet of gas, and the Israeli government has said the finds are entirely in Israel’s waters.

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