UN to help Lebanon demarcate its sea border with Israel in energy dispute

Tuesday, January 11, 2011   E-Mail this story   Free Headline Alerts

NICOSIA The United Nations has agreed to help Lebanon protect its energy reserves from neighboring Israel.

UN envoy Michael Williams said Lebanon has been offered assistance to demarcate its sea border.

On Jan. 10, Williams said the UN effort was meant to protect Lebanon's potential energy reserves in the Mediterranean Sea.

In December, the UN said it would not help Lebanon despite Beirut's request. The government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accused of Israel of approving energy exploration projects in waters claimed by Lebanon.

So far, Israel and Lebanon have not demarcated their sea border. Israel has reported huge gas reserves about 100 kilometers from the Mediterranean coast.

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