By Aimen Eljali.
Tripoli, 15 December 2013:
Ibrahim Jadhran, head of the self-styled Political Bureau of Cyrenaica, has refused to reopen oil ports in the east of the country, as promised, on the grounds that the authorities have failed to meet the conditions put forward by his federalist movement.
Jadhran had said on Tuesday that he would reopen the oil export terminals at Sidra, Ras Lanuf and Zueitina today on the condition that oil sales were properly monitored and apportioned to the eastern regions.
Today, he announced at an Ajdabiya press conference that the terminals will now remain closed as these conditions have not been met.
Mohammed Ibn Tabu, a spokesman for Jadhran’s office, has confirmed to the Libya Herald the continued blockade on the ports, saying that Jadhran was acting the interests of the people of Cyrenaica and all Libya.
The decision now puts Jadhran on a collision course with elders from the Moghrabi tribe who thought that on Wednesday, after ten days of talks, they had brokered an end to the blockade of the ports. The elders said they would dissociate themselves with any group looking to harm the national interest,
Note: this copy contains a correction. Jadhran was speaking today in Ajdabiya not Tobruk