22:08 GMT16 January 2021
Listen Live
    Get short URL
    0 25

    The fighting in Libya for control of its key oil ports threatens to deprive the war-torn nation of its sole source of income, the UN's special envoy for Libya Martin Kobler warned Tuesday.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Libya’s so-called oil crescent was seized last week by forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar and the Tobruk-based parliament, who are opposed to the UN-backed government of national accord (GNA).

    "This development will further hinder oil exports, deprive Libya of its only source of income, and increase the division of the country. This has to stop," Kobler said in a speech at the UN Security Council.

    Kobler called for a prompt cessation of hostilities and urged all warring parties to avoid inflicting damage on the oil facilities.

    He stressed that Libyan natural resources belonged to all Libyans and must be protected and exported legally under the authority of GNA’s Presidency Council.


    UN Security Council Discusses Situation in Libya in Afternoon Session
    US Airstrikes Hit 3 Daesh Fighting Positions Near Libya’s Sirte
    US Airstrikes Hit 19 Daesh Positions Near Libya's Sirte
    Troops Loyal to Army Chief Haftar Seize Key Oil Ports From GNA Forces in Libya
    Lifting Arms Embargo Against Libya Impossible Until Country's Army Unites – UN
    port, Oil, United Nations, Martin Kobler, Libya
    Community standardsDiscussion