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UN: Eastern Libyan tribesmen to submit conditions to reopen blocked oil terminals

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

GENEVA – The United Nations expects eastern Libyan tribal leaders to submit by Thursday their list of conditions to reopen blocked oil terminals, UN envoy Ghassan Salamé said.

Libya’s oil production had dropped sharply since a group of tribesmen closed eastern oilfields to protest the use of Syrian mercenaries by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) as part of a security deal with Turkey.

“We have been yesterday in a long conversation with tribal chiefs … to see what their conditions are and we are promised list of conditions for that today,” said Salamé on the sidelines of a U.N.-brokered Libyan military talks.

“(I) repeated my call to them that this is not healthy situation where all Libyans are not helped by the stoppage of exports,” he said.

“The (UN Libya) mission wants the oil to flow as soon as possible,” he added.

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