File - An expert shows a visitor the locations of the gas blocks of the Lebanese coast at an oil and gas conference in Beirut, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon will not give up any of its maritime territory to Israel, said a lawmaker on Tuesday.The United Nations is the only party qualified to demarcate Lebanon's border with occupied Palestine.Israel and Lebanon both lay claim to an area that spans some 860 square kilometers off the coast of the two countries and is said to be rich in gas and oil.Minister of Energy and Water Cesar Abi Khalil had announced in January that three partially disputed offshore blocks bordering Israel will be among the five initially up for bidding in Lebanon's first oil and gas licensing round.
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