| 14 April 2024, Sunday |

Borders Demarcation cooked on interests flames, and what did Bassil demand in return for facilitation?

Has the border demarcation file entered its critical final stage? Adviser to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri expected that the border demarcation file would be completed within two months, and revealed that the American mediator, Amos Hochstein, would return to Lebanon after a month and a half. But why did we waste ten years and then go back to the same proposition that was in Obama’s era, and Lebanon rejected it at the time?

If the information of Berri’s advisor is correct, the border demarcation file will be a rich material to be used before the parliamentary elections, as it will constitute a lever for the ruling political authority, because it was able to secure financial incomes to save the financial situation without waiting for the IMF or foreign aid.

Each each power’s team, his own calculations. Hezbollah, which agreed to end this file and was satisfied with Line 23 and all what the Lebanese state accepted, as Nasrallah announced, liberated President Berri, who was the godfather of the framework agreement with the Americans, but on behalf of Iran presented at the Vienna negotiating table a goodwill card to the Americans on the eve of the nuclear agreement’s conclusion. As for the President of the Republic, whose stance on this file also changed from the point of giving directions to the military delegation to start negotiations from the 29th line, but he always left the door open for negotiation, which was later revealed through his refusal to sign the amendment of the decree that preserves Lebanon’s right to an area of ​​more than 860 km to 1430 km Later on, by sending a letter to the United Nations that did not include any reference to Line 29, some explain that President Aoun’s position was aimed at obtaining a political reward from the Americans, that would benefit the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil. In this context, comes the meeting between Hochstein and Bassil, which was said to have taken place in Germany. And that Bassil had flown there by former Deputy Prime Minister Issam Fares own plane. And while no denial was issued, neither by the American side nor by the Tayyar, there was information that Bassil asked the American mediator to lift the sanctions against him in exchange for facilitating the border demarcation file, and the response was that it is impossible, especially since the penalties are in the corruption file. Bassil was advised to file a lawsuit before the Federal Court, but he refused because such a step would transfer all documents in the file from secret to public. The American mediator promised Bassil of studying some method. This information was commented on, by sources in the US State Department, who said the proposal is not serious. Let President Aoun and Bassil think whatever they want, but the matter for us is out of the question.

  • Sawt Beirut International