UN pledges to help Lebanon clear oil spill

August 17, 2006 19:49

United Nations and international maritime agencies promised to give Lebanon immediate technical advice on Thursday to help clean up an oil slick, and warned the operation could cost more than $65 million. The oil slick has been described as Lebanon's worst-ever environmental disaster. The accident occurred during the Israeli bombardment of Lebanese infrastructure, polluting more than 140 kilometers (85 miles) of shoreline, including parts of Syria, according to UN estimates. At a meeting near Athens, senior officials from the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, the UN Environment Program, or UNEP, and the European Union said they would appeal for international financial assistance to contain the Mediterranean spill, which remains a potential threat to nearby Cyprus, Turkey and Greece.

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