The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – The General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has committed to ending a months-long blockade of oil facilities, the U.S. embassy in Libya said in a statement on Saturday.
The statement said LNA had conveyed “the personal commitment of General Haftar to allow the full reopening of the energy sector no later than Sept. 12”.
It comes after the United States led efforts to end the oil shutdown amid a wider diplomatic push to cement a ceasefire and a political agreement between Libyan rival factions.
Oil fields were shutdown by tribal elders in eastern Libya, which LNA controls, to protest against unfair distribution of oil revenues between the country’s three regions of Cyrenaica (northern-east), Fezzan (south) and Tripolitania (northern-west).
The U.S. embassy said that “in recent discussions with a broad range of Libyan leaders” it had backed “a financial model that would constitute a credible guarantee that oil and gas revenues would be managed transparently”.
“The Embassy welcomes what appears to be a Libyan consensus that it is time to reopen the energy sector,” it said.
An LNA official told Reuters that Field Marshal Haftar “was able to achieve, for the first time in the history of Libya, the condition of the fair distribution of (oil) revenues”.
An official announcement would be made soon, he said.