UN spurns Beirut on fixing sea border after Israel strikes gas
January 5, 2011, 12:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
The UN has turned down Lebanon's demand to intervene in delineating its sea border following Israel's discovery in the Mediterranean of the Leviathan gas well - billed as the world's biggest find in a decade. UN Spokesman Martin Nesirsky explained that UNIFIL's mandate applied to coastal waters, not to delineating maritime lines.
Cyprus responded to the exchange by announcing it had licensed the Texas-based US firm Noble Energy - partners with Israel's Delek Energy group in the Leviathan project - to explore a 1,250 square-mile block bordering on Israeli waters. Leviathan, 80 miles off the Israeli port of Haifa, is claimed to contain an estimated 16 trillion cubic feet of gas.