Lebanon issues complaint to UN over Israel-Cyprus agreement

June 22, 2011 11:14


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Beirut has issued a complaint to the UN over an agreement made between Cyprus and Israel demarcating an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) at the maritime border between the two Eastern Mediterranean countries, Lebanese English-language newspaper the Daily Star said Tuesday.

According to the report, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour issued a letter to Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon, saying “This agreement is a violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty and economic rights and threatens peace and security in the area."

The UN Convention on the Law of the Seas stipulates that an EEZ can be established up to 200 nautical miles of the territorial sea, giving the coastal nation the sole exploitation right over natural resources. The issue has become contentious in the Eastern Mediterranean, resulting in conflicts between Greece and Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, and now Lebanon.

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