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President Aoun deliberated the stages of the negotiation process, in demarcating southern maritime borders, with the US mediator.
President Aoun deliberated the stages of the negotiation process, in demarcating southern maritime borders, with the US mediator.
02/12/2020

President Aoun: “Lebanon adheres to its sovereignty over land and water, and wants these negotiations to succeed in order to enhance stability in the south and to invest in natural resources”.
 
President Aoun: “It is possible to overcome the difficulties which emerged in the last round of negotiations through an in-depth research, based on international rights and articles of the sea law”.
 
Ambassador Deroche: “We hope that the negotiation process will continue, for the interest of all”.
 
President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, received head of the United States’ delegation mediating in indirect negotiations to demarcate southern maritime borders, Ambassador John Deroche, today at the Presidential Palace.
The President told Deroche that “Lebanon maintains its sovereignty over its land and waters, and wants the maritime demarcation negotiations to succeed to enhance stability in the south, and enable the investment in natural resources, such as gas and oil”. President Aoun also indicated that “The difficulties which emerged in the last negotiations round can be overcome through in-depth research based on international rights, articles of the law of the sea and all the legal texts thereof”.
In addition, the President stated that the Lebanese negotiating delegation has clear instructions to negotiate on that basis, asserting the need “To continue negotiations in order to achieve the goal of conducting them, and if this fails, for any reason, other alternatives can be studied”.
For his part, Ambassador Deroche had discussed with the President, the stages which the negotiation process had completed and the US role, wishing that negotiations would continue in the interest of all.
US Ambassador in Beirut, Dorothy Shea, and Political Adviser, Audrey Kiranen, attended the meeting on the American side.
On the Lebanese side, former Minister, Salim Jreisatti, Presidency Director-General, Dr. Antoine Choucair, and Advisers: Brigadier General, Paul Matar, and Osama Khachab attended.