Tensions grow between Libya's rival governments

  • Matteo Latorraca
  • 9.3.2017 22:43

Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) announced the stop of all the peace talks with the UN-backed Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA), creating tensions between the two rival entities amid clashes over control of key oil terminals.

The HoR claimed that Tripoli supports the militias that are battling General Haftar’s forces around the oil ports in eastern Libya and that the GNA unity government is not legitimate anymore. Abdullah Ablaihig, the spokesman for the HoR, also called on the international community to lift the embargo on weapons sales to Haftar’s so-called Libyan National Army. The GNA denied any links to the Islamist Benghazi Defenses Brigades (BDB) that briefly seized the Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil terminals from the LNA on 3 March, but the GNA-aligned Petroleum Facilities Guard took control of the ports on 7 March. The frontline stretches between the ports of Ras Lanuf and Brega, in the center of so called Oil Crescent. The LNA still controls Brega as well as a fourth port, Zueitina, which lies to the northeast.

 

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