By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 11 December 2013:
Libya’s General Oil and Gas Union has denied claims that it would close the country’s oil . . .[restrict]terminals if they were reopened by Ibrahim Jadhran next Sunday.
Yesterday, it was reported that the union’s deputy head Saad Al-Fakhri had threatened to do so if unspecified demands were not met.
“Al-Fakhri does not represent the union and his membership was frozen five months ago,” the head of the union’s media office, Hassan Galfat, told the Libya Herald today.”
He accused the “so-called deputy of the union” of using the country’s current situation “for certain interests of certain groups”.
Fakhri’s threat had come as a shock to political observers as it seemed to indicate that the union had dramatically changed its stand and was now in collusion with Jadhran and the federalists. Previously it had condemned his closure of the terminals.
Galfat accused Fakhri of supporting the federalists, saying that he backed the principle of partition and that he had “agendas” that were against Libya’s interests. His statements, Galfat said, did not represent either the union’s membership or its general assembly. [/restrict]