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Libya's NOC blames UAE for halt to oil output, exports

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 13, 2020
Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday of instructing forces loyal to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar to disrupt the country’s oil output and exports.
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NOC said oil production has been halted, referring to a recent statement by Haftar saying output would continue to be interrupted if certain conditions were not met.

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It said it has re-imposed force majeure on all oil exports to limit its responsibilities arising from agreements.

NOC noted that oil exports had resumed on July 10 but Haftar’s forces ordered a blockade on exports on July 11 and stepped back from negotiations.

The instruction to halt oil production came from the UAE to Haftar’s forces, the NOC stressed.

The NOC said the act was “disappointing” and urged the UN Security Council to condemn it and to call those responsible to account.

It also called for the withdrawal of all mercenaries from oil facilities in Libya.

"The ports and oil fields will remain closed until the demands and orders of the Libyan people are implemented," Ahmad Al-Mismari, the so-called spokesman for Haftar’s militia, said Saturday.

Al-Mismari also called for the opening of a bank account in a “foreign country” for the distribution of oil revenue and that Libya’s central bank, which handles energy revenue, be audited.