Western countries urge Libyan factions to end strife at oil terminals

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Western ambassadors have called for calm in Libya following bloody clashes between rival factions at the oil terminals.

The envoys from the US, UK and France urged Libya’s warring parties to recognise the authority of the Libyan National Oil Corporation and said that revenues must be channelled to the UN-backed Government of National Accord [GNA] in Tripoli.

Clashes broke out on Friday, when Benghazi Defence Brigades seized oil export terminals at Sidra and Ras Lanuf.

The terminals were held by Operation Dignity, a military force headed by Haftar Khalifa – a Gaddafi-era military strongman whose forces dominate eastern Libya.

Haftar’s forces are allied to the Tobruk-based House of Representatives and do not recognise the authority of the GNA.

Operation Dignity seized control of key oilfields and terminals in September.

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