By Sami Zaptia.
London, 6 July 2018:
Faiez Serraj, head of Libya’s Presidential Council, has ‘‘warned of the negative repercussions of the oil export stoppage’’, his official personal spokesperson Mohamed El-Sallak said at the weekly press conference held on Tuesday.
Sallak said that Serraj warns that the stoppage is ‘‘causing the national economy enormous losses and affecting all walks of life in the country. It also harms the consensual path and what was reached in the Paris Declaration last May’’
Serraj had demanded that ‘‘the oil dossier should be removed from tensions and political disagreements’’. However, he hinted at behind the scenes discussions, stressing that the Presidential Council and the Government of National Accord were ‘‘continuing to discuss ways to resolve the crisis’’.
Sallak, nevertheless reiterated the official line maintained by the Presidential Council and the international community, namely that ‘‘all Libya’s ports and oil facilities should be subject to the exclusive control of the internationally recognized National Oil Corporation and its current headquarters in Tripoli, under the supervision of the Government of National Accord, in accordance with the domestic laws and international resolutions of the Security Council 2295/2362’’.
It will be recalled that the Khalifa Hafter-led Libyan National Army (LNA) had handed over the oilfields in the the eastern oil crescent after having recaptured them from former Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) commander Ibrahim Jadran. Jadran had led a coalition of militias in a week-long take over of the Ras Lanuf and Sidra oil installations on 14 June.