Lebanon-Israel Sea Border Talks to Resume Next Week
The indirect negotiations between Lebanon and Israel over the demarcation of their maritime border will resume next week under the sponsorship of the U.N. and the U.S., Israel and media reports said.
“The U.S.-mediated border negotiations with Lebanon will be resumed next week,” Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said, adding that Israel has agreed to take part in these negotiations.
This indicates that U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein will soon arrive in the region.
President Michel Aoun meanwhile told U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka in a meeting in Baabda that Lebanon is “ready to resume the negotiations for the demarcation of the southern maritime border in a manner that preserves the Lebanese state’s rights and sovereignty.”
The last time the talks resumed, Lebanon raised a few eyebrows in the international community by expanding their initial claims. Lets see if our tough-guy politicians can rise their claims yet again with hard talk about "not one drop", "our national dignity" and so forth. For our national dignitys sake, we should throw these politicians far out into these disputed waters without any life jackets.
If only the Lebanese leadership would think with the slightest thought of improving the standard of living of the people of the country by reaching a quick agreement with Israel, they could very soon have natural gas flowing into the country from their own wells, instead of having to import it from Egypt via Jordan and Syria costing tens of millions more each year.