Ban urges Israel to compensate Lebanon for 2006 oil spill
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged Israel to assume responsibility and compensate Lebanon for the oil spill it caused on Lebanese shores that resulted from the bombing of el-Jiyeh power plant during the 2006 summer war, Al Moustaqbal reported.
In a report to the General Assembly on the issue, Ban commended the ongoing efforts made by the Government of Lebanon to address the impact of the oil spill and urged Israel to "take the necessary actions towards assuming responsibility for prompt and adequate compensation to the Government of Lebanon."
Ban also commended the efforts made by western governments and the UN system in responding to the emergency and thereafter to the requests of the Government of Lebanon pertaining to the management of the oil spill crisis. No figures were given.
While the response of the international donor community has been both "generous and timely," Ban urged those governments and UN agencies to continue their support for Lebanon in this matter, particularly for rehabilitation activities on the Lebanese coast, as well as in the broader recovery effort.
"The international effort should be intensified, since Lebanon is still engaged in oil removal, waste treatment and recovery monitoring," he said, noting that the oil spill is not covered by any of the international oil-spill compensation funds, and thus "merits special consideration."