Western Nations Urge Libyan General to Withdraw From Eastern Oil Terminals


Libya — The ports of Sidra and Ras Lanuf, both important oil terminals, have been seized by forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar. Photograph by AFP, Getty Images

The Associated Press

BENGHAZI, Libya — The United States and five Western nations have called upon forces loyal to a Libyan general to withdraw from three eastern oil terminals seized earlier this week.

The U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain said in a statement Monday that the U.N.-brokered government based in the capital, Tripoli, is the “sole steward of these resources,” adding that “Libya’s oil belongs to the Libyan people.”

Forces led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter seized control of Ras Lanuf, al-Sidra and Zueitina on Sunday.

Hifter is allied with Libya’s internationally recognized parliament, based in the east, which has not approved the U.N.-backed government, in part because of differences over his future role in the country.

The oil-rich North African country slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi.

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One Response to “Western Nations Urge Libyan General to Withdraw From Eastern Oil Terminals”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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