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Berri’s Bloc Slams Israeli Vessel’s Infiltration of Lebanese Waters

Berri’s Bloc Slams Israeli Vessel’s Infiltration of Lebanese Waters

Tuesday, 10 December, 2019 - 10:30
Speaker Nabih Berri chairs a meeting of his parliamentary bloc on Monday. (NNA)

The Development and Liberation parliamentary bloc, headed by Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri, underlined the need to speed up the formation of the government and respond to the positive international atmosphere to support Lebanon.

The bloc also called on the caretaker cabinet to assume its responsibilities and focus on the management of living conditions, food security and the financial and economic situation.

In a statement following a meeting on Monday, the parliamentary bloc said it discussed the political situation and the recent “flagrant Israeli breach of Lebanon’s Exclusive Economic Zone.”

“A hydrographic survey ship arriving from Haifa port of the Israeli enemy carrying the flag of Panama docked at the UN naval operations site,” it revealed.

“On 27/11/2019 at 13:19, the enemy vessel entered the Lebanese exclusive economic zone at a distance of five miles and remained in block 9 until 20:37 — a period of seven hours and eighteen minutes,” the statement said.

“The infiltration of the vessel to conduct scientific research for the benefit of the Israeli enemy is considered a violation of Articles 56 and 60 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” the bloc stressed.

It also criticized the UN naval force for failing to implement the required procedures, asking the United Nations to assume its responsibilities in this regard.

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