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Haftar to Declare Resumption of Oil Production as Part of Ceasefire Negotiations

Haftar to Declare Resumption of Oil Production as Part of Ceasefire Negotiations

Tuesday, 30 June, 2020 - 05:45
LNA commander Khalifa Haftar meets the PM and FM of the east-based government. (LNA)
Cairo – Khaled Mahmoud

Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar will soon declare the resumption of oil production in fields held by the military as part of unannounced negotiations aimed at reaching a ceasefire with the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA), revealed Libyan sources.

The sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that Haftar will make an official announcement, meeting the pleas of Libyan tribes in the east for the resumption of production.

The sources said that Haftar’s move will be part of his efforts to meet popular and international demands to ensure the success of the Cairo Declaration aimed at resolving the Libyan crisis.

The decision is part of a package of international guarantees to reach the political solution to the conflict, they said, adding that the agreement will see the fair distribution of oil revenues.

They spoke of a “clear regional and international understanding” to keep the oil file away from political and military disputes in Libya.

The sources did not disclose further details.

Haftar had on Sunday held a meeting with Prime Minister of the interim government in the east, Abdullah al-Thani, and Foreign Minister Abdul Hadi Al-Hweij in al-Rajma to discuss “strategic affairs” and means to implement the Cairo Declaration and Berlin Conference agreements aimed at reaching a fair political settlement.

The settlement must be based on national principles that reject foreign aggression, eliminate militias and arms possession outside the state authority and restore the rule of law. Thani will also be tasked with forming a government committee that will document human rights violations committed by the outlawed terrorist groups and militias in western Libya.

Meanwhile, LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari revealed that the military had destroyed a 47-vehicle convoy, affiliated with the pro-GNA militias, that was amassing in the Gharyan region and headed towards al-Jufra.

The LNA destroyed the convoy after it had crossed the al-Shwayrif area, entering a no-fly zone that the army had imposed.

Mismari said the military had brought in more reinforcements to the region west of Sirte city. He revealed that Turkish warships were also sailing towards the Abugrein region east of Misrata.

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