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UK concerned over mercenaries at Libyan oil facilities

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 5, 2020
The British Embassy in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Saturday said reports of foreign powers interfering with the country’s oil facilities are worrying.
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The embassy said in a statement on social media that the interruption of Libyan oil facilities has cost over $6 billion since January and damaged the oil sector’s infrastructure.

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The statement added that the militarization of the Libyan energy sector was unacceptable and could lead to further harm, adding that reports of mercenaries interfering in the Sharara field are worrying and the energy issue should not be used as a political bargaining chip.

It further said Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) is the only authorized body responsible for extracting, processing, distributing, and exporting the country's oil. The British mission said that for the sake of all Libyans, the NOC's efforts should not be hampered.

The statement called on all parties in Libya to return to the negotiating table.