East Libya separatists set Dec 15 deadline for oil deal
December 11, 2013 - 7:42:12 am
TRIPOLI: Leaders of a movement seeking autonomy for Libya’s eastern Cyrenaica region said they could allow oil exports to resume on December 15 from several ports if Tripoli meets their demands and allows the region to take its share of crude.
The heavily armed tribal movement, which has blocked the ports to demand a bigger share of Libya’s oil wealth and autonomy for Cyrenaica, will sell crude on its own if the government does not come through, the leaders said.
There was no immediate reaction from Tripoli, which has so refused to recognize a self-declared eastern government after the movement seized the Es-Sider and Ras Lanuf ports and other facilities in the oil-rich east. The movement is made up of tribesmen and fighters who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and now demand a federal system that would share power between the Cyrenaica, the west and southern Fezzan similar to the political system in the kingdom before Gaddafi. reuters