Head of Lebanese delegation tasked to hold indirect negotiations with Israel: We aspire to accelerate negotiations to finalize demarcation dossier within reasonable time limit

Wed 14 Oct 2020 at 14:04 Politics

NNA - President of the Lebanese delegation tasked to hold indirect technical negotiations over Lebanon’s Southern borderline demarcation with Israel, General Bassam Yassine, on Monday expressed Lebanon's aspiration to conduct negotiations at a pace that allows Lebanon to finalize the demarcation dossier within a reasonable time limit. 

Addressing Assistant US Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker, and United Nations Coordinator in Lebanon, Jan Kubis, General Yassine lauded Lebanese President, General Michel Aoun’s patronage of the indirect technical negotiations dossier “which aims to reach an agreement over the demarcation of Lebanon’s southern border, under the sponsorship of the United Nations and on the basis of US mediation.”

Yassine also hailed the efforts of House Speaker, Nabih Berri, and Lebanese Army Commander-in-Chief, General Joseph Aoun, who is following up on every effort to preserve Lebanon’s national sovereignty along its Southern border, not to mention the country’s ability to invest in its natural resources and gas and oil within its Exclusive Economic Zone, as per the international law.

“We are here today to discuss and negotiate the demarcation of our maritime borders on the basis of the international law, the Truce Agreement of 1949 documented as by the United Nations, and the Paulet–Newcombe Agreement of 1923, especially with regard to what had been stipulated in this agreement concerning the land line which starts in Ras Al-Naqoura,” Yassine added. 





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