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    Lebanon, Syria discuss demarcation of maritime borders

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    Lebanese President Michel Aoun held a phone conversation with Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad to discuss the demarcation of the Lebanon-Syria maritime borders, Anadolu reported yesterday.

    According to Lebanese caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe, Aoun confirmed that “Lebanon will not accept to diminish from its sovereignty over its waters.”

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    This move, Anadolu said, came after the Syrian regime offered a Russian oil company the right to conduct oil exploration in a disputed maritime area on the Mediterranean.

    Speaking to Lebanese private channel MTV on Tuesday, Wehbe confirmed that his country is sticking to demarcating the maritime borders via negotiations.

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    “The last resort would be to seek international courts,” Wehbe said, adding that Beirut will not attack Damascus over the sea dispute.

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    While most of the land borders between the two countries were demarcated in 1971, the maritime borders between Syria and Lebanon have not been delimited.

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    Lebanon seeks to end the maritime demarcation with Syria after the discovery of oil and gas resources in the Mediterranean where the Assad regime offered in March a contract to a Russian company to conduct oil exploration in the disputed area known as block No. 1.

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