Lebanon writes to UN on maritime border ahead of Hochstein visit
In a letter sent over from Beirut to the UN, the Lebanese negotiating delegation affirms and asserts its demand to its right to Block 9.
Al Mayadeen's correspondent in Lebanon reported today, Friday, that the Lebanese government sent a letter to the United Nations at the beginning of the week, affirming its adherence to its marine rights and assets.
According to the correspondent, the letter "confirmed Beirut's adherence to what the Lebanese negotiating delegation put forward concerning the border with occupied Palestine," noting that "the letter expresses rejection of the Israeli objection to the licensing on Block 9 on the border."
The Lebanese letter to the United Nations comes just a few days before an American mediator arrives in the country, the correspondent said, explaining that Lebanon, in its letter, asserted that the "Karish gas field has become a contested field and is not an Israeli one."
Yesterday, Thursday, Lebanese Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri announced that the US mediator in the indirect negotiation process to demarcate the border between Lebanon and the Israeli occupation, Amos Hochstein, will be visiting Lebanon within a week to discuss the resumption of negotiations between Beirut and "Israel" regarding the demarcation.
"The US envoy, Amos Hochstein, will be in Lebanon within a week, and negotiations are supposed to resume while committing to the framework agreement," Berri said.
Earlier, Lebanese President Michel Aoun reiterated Lebanon's wish to negotiate the demarcation of its southern maritime borders in a manner that "preserves its rights in the exclusive economic zone, as stipulated by international laws and treaties."
Lebanon and the Israeli occupation have held 4 rounds of indirect negotiations, under the supervision of the United States and the United Nations, with the aim of "demarcating land and sea borders."
Lebanon adheres to its maritime rights and refuses to waive them in favor of "Israel". The delegation brought documents and maps to the negotiating table to prove its right to its maritime sea borders.
The Lebanese negotiators adhered to their demand of a 1,430 km increase in addition to the 860 km, entailing that half of the Karish gas field is owned by Lebanon.