The Council of Ministers is working on a draft resolution to establish a new maritime zone under the state's authority.

During a Cabinet meeting, Mohamed Al-Harari, Head of the Land and Maritime Boundaries Committee at the Foreign Ministry, said the proposed resolution allows Libya to extend its maritime borders from 12 to 24 nautical miles.

"The maritime region falls within sovereign rights and does not violate international laws or infringe on the maritime borders of other countries," he explained.

According to Al-Harari, the declared maritime zone along the coast - known as the contiguous zone- will not exceed 24 nautical miles from the baselines that were used to measure the width of the territorial sea.

He highlighted that Article 33 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea gives the state concerned the right to declare this contiguous zone since these borders do not affect other countries.

It is noteworthy that Libya did not accede to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1982.