Middle East

Palestinians say they are negotiating sea border with Egypt

Palestinians say they have started negotiations with Egypt to determine the boundaries of their undersea territory that could be exploited for resources as a first step to determining the sea borders of a Palestinian state.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. ambassador, told reporters Friday that this is part of "building the structures of a serious, respectable state in all fields."

He said the resources in an undersea "exclusive economic zone" are "the wealth of the Palestinian people."

After the U.N. General Assembly recognized Palestine as a non-member state in October 2012, the Palestinians gained the right to seek membership in U.N. institutions and treaty bodies — and among more than a dozen that it joined was the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.