By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 18 March 2014:
Cyrenaica federalist leader and oil terminal blockader Ibrahim Jadhran has called on the Arab . . .[restrict]League and international organisations to intervene in the Morning Glory oil tanker affair describing its seizure by the US navy as “theft”.
In an interview on Cyrenaica TV, he said that the oil which was loaded onto the tanker last week belonged to the people of Cyrenaica and that in seizing the tanker the US had helped the central government to steal it.
He appeared unaware that the oil illicitly loaded onto the tanker from the Waha field, was owned by Waha Oil, itself 59-percent by the National Oil Corporation and 41-precent owned by three US companies, ConocoPhillips, Marathon and Amerada Hess.
Jadhran threatened that that Cyrenaicans would continue struggling for more autonomy for the region.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the self-proclaimed Cyrenaican government, Ali Al-Hassi, told the Libya Herald that the revenue from the sale of the oil seized by the US navy’s intervention was to have been be distributed to the three regions of “Cyrenaica, Tripolitania, and Fezzan”.
Hassi added that there were also plans to allocate some of the money to buy equimpent to used for improving security in Benghazi and Derna. The American intervention had prevented that, he claimed. [/restrict]