The head of Libya's Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, warned of a "catastrophe that will affect everyone" if the oil installations continue to be closed, calling on the international community to take a "firm stand" and not be satisfied with only condemnation.
Al-Sarraj spoke during the announcement of the launch of the Humanitarian Response Plan 2020 in Libya, about the losses incurred by the country as a result of the closure of oil sites.
According to a statement by the Presidential Council today, the meeting held in Tripoli was attended by the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Yacoub El Hillo, a number of ministers and representatives of the international bodies accredited in Libya and civil society. The meeting was also attended by the Italian Deputy Ambassador, representing the European countries supporting the plan.
On January 18, the National Oil Corporation announced "force majeure" accusing the "general leadership and oil installation guards in the central and eastern regions" of stopping oil exports from several ports.
The Corporation said that the losses resulting from these closings exceeded $1.45 billion on Thursday, after crude production fell to 163,000 barrels per day.