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Israel responded with a yawn on Wednesday to Lebanese media reports that the
country might complain to the UN Security Council about the maritime border
approved recently by the cabinet.
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The Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star
reported Wednesday that MP Muhammad Qabbain, head of the country’s parliament’s
Public Works, Transport, Energy and Water Committee, said the county “can lodge
a complaint saying that Israel’s actions threaten international peace and
security. Following this move, and even if Israel does not abide by the UN
resolution, large international [excavating and offshore drilling] companies
will no more be able to operate in an area dubbed as disputed by the
Qabbain is a member of the Future Movement, part of Said Hariri’s
March 14 Alliance standing opposed to Hezbollah.
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 will submit its map to the UN to counter a map that
Lebanon submitted last year.
Israel made the move now because under
international maritime law, if one country makes a claim and another country
does not counter it, the silence of the second country is viewed as
reported that Lebanon views Israel’s map as an
“aggression” against the country’s gas and oil rights.
official said Lebanese threats to take the issue to the Security Council, where
it is currently a member, is merely a “smokescreen” to camouflage the fact that
Lebanon violated international maritime line by unilaterally demarcating the
border last year.
According to the official, borders cannot be demarked
unilaterally, but rather must be agreed upon by both countries, or – if they
can’t agree – must be sent to an arbitrator that both sides agree upon. Since
Lebanon has refused to do either, the official said, it can’t just set the
maritime border on its own. Once it did, he added, Israel had no choice but to
do the same in order to protect its interests.