Lebanese President Michel Aoun called on the citizens of his country, today, Tuesday, to trust the strength of the Lebanese position regarding the demarcation of the Lebanese exclusive economic zone to the south.
Aoun said in a statement by the General Directorate of the Presidency of the Republic today: “Be sure that matters will not take place except in a way that secures the full rights of Lebanon, on land and at sea.”
The General Directorate of the Presidency of the Republic announced that the draft decree amending the decree related to defining the borders of the Lebanese exclusive economic zone to the south needs a decision from the cabinet together.
In its statement, the Directorate said that it had sent a letter to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, based on the directions of the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, in which it was stated that the draft decree received by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers to amend the decree needs a decision that the Council of Ministers collectively takes in accordance with the opinion of the Legislative and Consultation Commission, even in light of The caretaker government due to its importance and consequences.
The statement added that the signing ministers linked their signature to the approval of the decree in the Cabinet.
And the statement continued, the president of the republic has to determine what he deems best to preserve the nation, and he is entrusted with that in the constitution and the oath.
It is noteworthy that a team of military and civilian technicians conducted studies that showed that Lebanon’s right goes beyond the disputed area, which is specified in the 2011 decree of 860 square kilometers, to reach 2,290 kilometers.
The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Michel Najjar, signed a decree on Monday to amend the 2011 decree, and Defense Minister Zeina Aker also signed it.
Yesterday, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers referred to the Presidency of the Republic the proposal and approval of the caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab on the draft decree, after it was signed by Ministers Aker and Najjar.
Four previous rounds of indirect negotiations were held to demarcate the maritime borders between Lebanon and Israel, the first of which was launched on the fourteenth of last October with the mediation of the United States and the auspices of the United Nations, while the second round started on the 28th, followed by the third session on the 29th, and the fourth round on November 11 the past.
And postponed the fifth round, which was scheduled for the second of last December.