During its 72nd session, the UN General Assembly adopted on 20 December 2017, for the twelfth consecutive year, a resolution on ‘Oil slick on Lebanese shores’ (A/72/420) in a recorded vote of 163 in favour to 7 against (Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, United States), with 9 abstentions (Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Tonga, Vanuatu). By that text, the Assembly noted that, according to a report of the Secretary-General (A/72/353), the oil slick damage to Lebanon caused by the destruction by the Israeli Air Force on 15 July 2006 of the oil storage tanks in the direct vicinity of El-Jiyeh electric power plant amounted to $856.4 million in 2014. The Assembly requested again the Government of Israel to provide compensation to Lebanon for the damage and to other countries directly affected by the oil slick, such as Syria. The resolution echoed the Secretary-General’s report noting that ‘this oil spill is not covered by any of the international oil spill compensation funds and thus merits special consideration, and recognizing that further consideration needs to be given to the option of securing the relevant compensation from the Government of Israel’.

 

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