Report: Cyprus talking to Lebanon on Israel sea border row

April 3, 2012 11:16

Cypriot authorities informed the Lebanese government that Israel is seeking to resolve the dispute over its maritime borders with Lebanon, Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported Tuesday.

According to the report, sources told As-Safir that Cyprus is serious about helping resolve the issue. They added that Beirut does not intend to open negotiations regarding the maritime border and aims to protect its rights to gas and oil in the Mediterranean Sea. 

Israel’s cabinet on July 10 approved the demarcation of the northern maritime border with Lebanon, in an effort to protect economic rights in offshore territories that Lebanon is claiming as its own. Israel submitted its map to the UN to counter a map that Lebanon submitted last year. The area of the Mediterranean Sea in question is close to an area where US and Israeli firms have discovered two massive natural gas fields.

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