BEIRUT: Lebanon said Sunday it would file a complaint with the United Nations against Israel, after the Jewish state approved a map of its proposed maritime borders, which Lebanon is calling an aggression and an infringement on its right to an exclusive economic zone.
“For sure we will [file a complaint]. This is an aggression on our gas and oil rights and we will not remain silent,” Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour told The Daily Star by telephone. “This is a de facto policy that will not bring peace for Israel. Israel is creating a new area of tension,” he added.
Israel will submit the map, which was approved by its Cabinet Sunday, to the U.N. for an opinion, as the neighboring states face off over offshore gas fields.
The Israeli map lays out maritime borders that conflict significantly with those proposed by Lebanon in its own submission to the U.N. last summer.
“The Cabinet today approved the draft of the northern maritime border of Israel,” said a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.“This line demarcates the area of the state’s economic rights, including the exploitation of natural resources.”
Mansour said that the borders drawn by Israel constituted an aggression against Lebanon’s economic borders.