Berri Says Cabinet to Discuss Oil Exploration Decrees Soon

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Speaker Nabih Berri has said that the cabinet is expected to discuss soon oil exploration decrees that have been left in the government's drawers over political differences.

In remarks published in local newspapers on Monday, Berri reiterated that the exploration file “has been put on the right track.”

The cabinet will soon discuss the decrees, he said, adding that he will call for a parliamentary session as soon as they are referred to the general assembly for approval.

Berri is spearheading a campaign to revive the oil exploration file in Lebanon after accusing Israel of “stealing” Lebanon's offshore gas.

He has also been calling for the demarcation of the southern territorial waters.

Lebanon and Israel are at loggerheads over the 850 kilometers of territorial water that each claims as part of its Exclusive Economic Zone.

Last August, the government postponed for the fifth time the first round of licensing for gas exploration over a political dispute.

The disagreements were over the designation of blocks open for bidding and the terms of a draft exploration agreement.

In his remarks to the newspapers on Monday, Berri revealed that a parliamentary session will be held in early January as soon as the legislative committees complete discussions on several draft-laws.

Comments 20
Thumb geha 22 December 2014, 08:35

in a hurry to steal the oil!

Thumb nickjames 22 December 2014, 08:51

Even when they start refining the oil, nothing will change in Lebanon. We'll go from 12 hours to 8 hours of moteur everyday...

Thumb geha 22 December 2014, 09:26

watch it: these Iranian terrorists hate Aisha.

Thumb ex-fpm 22 December 2014, 09:34

lol @norma

Missing peace 22 December 2014, 11:31

with energy ministries held by M8....

Missing maroun 22 December 2014, 11:56

i thought your mate Basil fixed it

Missing peace 22 December 2014, 15:44

what about hezbolahi ministers of energy? too busy barking at israel rather than finding energy solution, ya filth anta...

Missing peace 22 December 2014, 16:11

i am a wise man unlike you seduced by the talks of politicians making you salivating at the prospect that Lebanon will be rich! LOL what a farce... they will steal everything and lebanese will benefit from nothing as usual...
the riches can be found in other ways if only Lebanon was governed by competent people! we have all it takes, we do not need oil for that. only stupid people with blinkers like you believe that!

but it takes courage, something you lack....

Missing peace 22 December 2014, 16:11

and you forgot the hezbollahi fneish.... LOL

Missing humble 22 December 2014, 09:43

In the pocket....divide among you and peers so nothing is left for the people.

Missing phillipo 22 December 2014, 10:13

What percentage of the income does he demand?

Missing phillipo 22 December 2014, 10:14

What percentage of the income does he demand?

Missing peace 22 December 2014, 11:40

that oil will be the curse of Lebanon... cake sharing by incompetent politicians and a few crumbs to the people, nigerian style! unable to govern a country how are they going to manage that file for the interests of the lebanese people, i wonder... each clan will dispute its share and buy their supporters with it, as usual... pityful country.

Missing peace 22 December 2014, 15:43

low life idiot. good to be so naive as you, so naive it confines to idiocy....

Missing bachirismyhero 22 December 2014, 13:57

All this MOFO cares about is filling his pockets! $$$$.

Thumb -phoenix1 22 December 2014, 20:14

Berri Baba I believe is gone broke, no wonder he is so ardently after the oil wealth. His last chance to steal what the Amreekens are freezing for him. Poor Berri.

Thumb nickjames 22 December 2014, 20:14

Flamey stfu "they weren't allowed to work properly" the FPM is full of thieves like the Kanaans who steal people's lands on the coast then when time comes to raise taxes he rejects it because he stole so many lands he can't afford to pay the increased taxes. The energy ministry was controlled by your party, they were in charge of the money coming into the ministry. The energy ministry gets more money than the others, and Aoun blocked the cabinet formation for a month because he wanted to keep the energy ministry

Thumb nickjames 22 December 2014, 20:18

You can talk about Sanioura and Mustaqbal being corrupt and I don't care because I don't support them. However what can you say about Ouwwet? They said if Hezbollah is included in the cabinet then they wouldn't join it. Hezbollah was included in the cabinet and Ouwwet kept their word and stayed out of the cabinet while Mustaqbal and Kataeb joined. Geagea said something and did it without folding to his Saudi paymasters.

Thumb nickjames 22 December 2014, 20:21

Ouwwet's priorities are not stealing from the ministries like the rest of the parties. The cabinet formation took months because they were arguing about which ministries they get to control so they can steal from them. First it was Hezbollah complaining about Mustaqbal getting the defence and interior, then it was Aoun barking about his oil ministry

Thumb nickjames 22 December 2014, 20:29

Meanwhile what has your senile general done? He complained about extending Parliament's term and calls it illegal, yet he's still using the seats to boycott. If he was a man of his word - which he sure as hell ain't - he would resign, as would Kataeb since they're also complaining. But no Aoun is just talking the talk without walking the walk