Libya NOC accuses United Arab Emirates of being behind renewed shutdown of oil facilities

Alwasat - Cairo Sun 12 Jul 2020, 07:19 PM
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Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) accused the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, of being behind the shutdown of oil facilites after exports resumed last Friday, calling on the UN Security Council to hold the countries responsible for the shutdown process accountable.

The NOC said in a statement that it "explicitly condemns the renewed closure of Libyan oil exports and calls on the United Nations Security Council to hold the countries responsible to account." Stressing that it was "forced to declare force majeure on all oil exports in order to reduce their contractual obligations."

The company added that the Libyan oil exports resumed on Friday, July 10th, by loading the Crete Bastion tanker from the Sidra oil port. "However, on July 11, the armed forces of Khalifa Haftar ordered the cessation of any other exports, in contradiction to its cooperative stance it expressed during the negotiations."

The NOC confirmed that it "knew that the United Arab Emirates was the one that gave instructions to the armed forces of Khalifa Haftar to stop production." Considering that "this is very disappointing, especially after the repeated statements by senior officials in the United Arab Emirates during the past week in support of international efforts to resume oil production in Libya."

The statement pointed out that "Wagner mercenaries and Syrian mercenaries now occupy the Sidra oil port, while Wagner mercenaries and Sudanese mercenaries reside in the vicinity of the Sharara oil field." Demanding the withdrawal of all mercenaries from Libyan oil facilities.

"We greatly appreciate the efforts of the United Nations and the United States to resume Libyan oil production and avoid escalation of the conflict," said the Chairman Mustafa Sanallah. Those countries that are undermining the rules of the international system and who are destroying Libya are a serious threat to international security. ”

Sanallah emphasized that "the position of the National Oil Corporation was clear during the negotiations." Noting that it "supports all measures that would achieve transparency in the financial arrangements of the state and opposes any measures that undermine or detract from Libyan sovereignty."

Sanallah concluded that "the renewed closure clarifies the urgent need to take steps to improve financial transparency accompanied by the reform of security arrangements at oil facilities."

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