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Israel wants a solution to the maritime border dispute with Lebanon in order to not scare away potential oil companies from its own waters, a Lebanese diplomatic source told The Daily Star Wednesday.Sources knowledgeable about the dispute said that a counterproposal from Lebanon last week included a "White Line," similar to the U.N.-demarcated "Blue Line" along Lebanon's southern border with Israel.However, one of the sources said Israel and the U.S. did not want to bring in the U.N. to the dispute.In 2007, Lebanon signed a maritime border agreement with Cyprus and in the agreement, Point 1, which is now claimed by Israel, was designated as the southernmost marker in the treaty.A commission was tasked in 2009 with doing so and found that the southernmost tip of Lebanon's maritime border was at Point 23, some 17 km south of Point 1 .Point 1 is where Lebanon, Cyprus and Israel meet while Point 6 in north Lebanon is the where Lebanon, Cyprus and Syria meet.But as Lebanon signed an agreement in 2007 with Cyprus, Israel did the same with Cyprus in 2010 – using Point 1 rather than Point 23 . At the time, Lebanon had defined its EEZ and sent the points to the United Nations, but Israel and Cyprus disregarded this and continued work.
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