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The Berlin Conference on Libya: CONFERENCE CONCLUSIONS

The Berlin Conference on Libya: CONFERENCE CONCLUSIONS

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 19 January 2020: The Conclusions of the Berlin Conference on Libya that have just been released provide such a wide remit to please all participating parties allowing for broad and different interpretations and providing no real new solutions or mechanisms to break the impasse that has dogged the Libyan crisis since the 2015 Skhirat Libyan Political Agreement. The conclusions create a new 5+5 Committee shared equally by the internationally recognized government in Tripoli and the pro Khalifa Hafter side. The conclusions say that Berlin is a ''process'' and that UNSMIL is to follow up and implement its conclusions through an International Follow-up Committee (IFC) made up of representatives of all those that participated in the conference. The conclusions will be referred to the UN Security Council to adopt and support. The conclusions build upon the Paris, Palermo and Abu Dhabi processes and conclusions as well as the 2015 Skhirat [...]
libyaherald, 19 hours ago

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NOC declares force majeure at Brega, Ras Lanuf, Hariga, Zueitina and Sidra ports

NOC declares force majeure at Brega, Ras Lanuf, Hariga, Zueitina and Sidra ports

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 18 January 2020: Libya’s state National Oil Corporation (NOC) today declared force majeure at five of its eastern oil ports of Brega, Ras Lanuf, Hariga, Zueitina and Sidra ports. It blamed the move on ‘‘blockades on oil exports’’ imposed by the Khalifa Hafter-led Libyan National Army (LNA). The NOC said that the LNA General Command and the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) of the Central and Eastern Regions had instructed the managements of its Sirte Oil Company, Harouge Oil Operations, Waha Oil Company, Zueitina Oil Company and Arab Gulf Oil Company (AGOCO) subsidiaries, to stop oil exports from Brega, Ras Lanuf, Hariga, Zueitina, and Sidra ports. It added that the blockade instructions were given by Major General Nagi al-Moghrabi, the commander of PFG appointed by the LNA, and Colonel Ali al-Jilani from the LNA’s Greater Sirte Operations Room. The NOC stated that this blockade will result in a loss of 800,000 barels per [...]
libyaherald, 2 days ago

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Serraj and Hafter invited by Germany to 19 January Berlin conference on Libya

Serraj and Hafter invited by Germany to 19 January Berlin conference on Libya

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 15 January 2020: Germany has confirmed that the head of the internationally recognized Libyan government based in Tripoli, Faiez Serraj, and the head of the mainly eastern-based Libyan National Army, Khalifa Hafter, have been invited to the 19 January Berlin conference on Libya. The USA, Russia, China, France, UK, Italy, Germany, Turkey, UAE, Republic of Congo, Egypt and Algeria, as well as the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union and Arab League – have all been invited. Congo was invited is because its president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, chairs the African Union’s High-Level Committee on Libya. Surprise has been expressed by certain commentators that Libya’s neighbour, Tunisia, had not been invited even as an observer. It will be recalled that Khalifa Hafter, leader of the forces attacking the Libyan capital Tripoli, left Moscow Tuesday without signing a long-term Libya peace deal proposed by Russia and Turkey. [...]
libyaherald, 5 days ago

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Libya’s 2019 oil revenues down 8.4 percent on 2018: NOC

Libya’s 2019 oil revenues down 8.4 percent on 2018: NOC

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 14 January 2020: Libya’s state National Oil Corporation (NOC) reported today a 23 percent gain in revenues in December 2019 from November, and total 2019 revenues of US $ 22.495 billion, 8.4 percent down on 2018. It reported that December 2019 revenues of approximately US $ 2.2 billion, an increase of around 405 million USD (23%) on November 2019, were mostly due to an increase in the oil price of around US$ 5.42 per barrel between October and November sales. It added that 2019 annual revenues, at US$ 22.495 billion, were around 8.4 percent down on 2018’s figure of US$ 24.55 billion. These figures reflect a drop in the oil price, from an annual average of 69.78 USD per barrel in 2018 to 63.83 USD per barrel in 2019, the NOC explained. NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said that “Despite many challenges, NOC maintained consistent production, generating the vital revenues that the Libyan people depend on and contributing to global oil [...]
libyaherald, 6 days ago

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Tripoli midnight ceasefire holding

Tripoli midnight ceasefire holding

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 12 January 2020: Early reports suggest that Tripoli’s midnight ceasefire is holding. A straw poll through telephone calls this morning by Libya Herald suggests that both sides were – at the time of publication – respecting the ceasefire. The ceasefire was confirmed earlier yesterday by the Faiez Serraj-led Presidency Council in Tripoli and the Official Spokesperson for Khalifa Hafter’s forces, Ahmed Mesmari. The internationally recognized Presidency Council in Tripoli confirmed its desire to adhere to the ceasefire called for on Wednesday by Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan and Russia’s counterpart Vladimir Putin. It added that the ceasefire was conditional to military committee agreed by both parties to monitor the ceasefire under UN supervision. It also added that it supports the Berlin political process encompassing Libyans from all political parties and streams. furthermore, the Presidency Council called upon all [...]
libyaherald, 8 days ago

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Putin and Erdogan call for Libya ceasefire as of midnight 12 January amidst increased Libya diplomatic activity

Putin and Erdogan call for Libya ceasefire as of midnight 12 January amidst increased Libya diplomatic activity

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 8 January 2020: Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan and Russia’s counterpart Vladimir Putin called for a ceasefire in Libya’s fighting as of midnight 12 January. The call came as Libya related diplomatic activity intensified. Turkey supports the internationally recognized government based in Tripoli led by Faiez Serraj while Russia backs the Khalifa Hafter led forces which launched an attack on the capital on 4 April. After a recent security and military agreement with Tripoli, Turkey has said it will send military advisers, while Russian military contractors have been deployed alongside Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA). However, after talks between the two presidents in Istanbul today, Turkey and Russia called jointly for an end of hostilities, normalization of life in Tripoli and other cities, and U.N.-sponsored peace talks. The conflict is undermining regional security and triggering irregular [...]
libyaherald, 12 days ago

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‘‘Keep your hands off Libya’’, UNSMIL’s Salame to foreign interference

‘‘Keep your hands off Libya’’, UNSMIL’s Salame to foreign interference

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 7 January 2020: Keep your hands off Libya and get out of the Libyan nightmare, Ghassan Salame, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told media on the latest situation in Libya. He was referring to foreign interference in the country's civil war. Salame was speaking as part of what the UN described as ‘‘informal comments’’ made to the media at the Security Council yesterday. Salame said that the cadets killed in the Libyan military academy in Tripoli were ''unarmed, entirely unarmed'' and were hit ''by a drone attack that is probably done by a country supporting the LNA''. he also added that ''dozens of health facilities attacked by drones and by ‘fixed-wings aircrafts.’' Asked about any hope of a political process, he said ''I hope that in the next two weeks I will be able to launch the second track concerning military and security issues that is [...]
libyaherald, 13 days ago

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UN condemns Tripoli military academy attack which led to at least 29 dead cadets

UN condemns Tripoli military academy attack which led to at least 29 dead cadets

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 5 January 2020: The United Nations Mission of support in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned in the strongest terms the bombing targeting the Hadba military college South of the capital Tripoli, which resulted in dozens of casualties between dead and wounded. The internationally recognized government in Tripoli also condemned the attack and declared three days of official mourning. It reported 29 dead and 23 injured. Other Tripoli entities reported both numbers at over 30. Some body parts are reportedly still being collected and hence the figures could rise. UNSMIL emphasized that the growing escalation of military actions in such a dangerous manner further complicated the situation in Libya and threatened the chances of a return to the political process. It reminded that the continued increase in random bombing on civilians and civilian service facilities such as hospitals, schools and others can amount to war crimes. Adding that war criminals [...]
libyaherald, 15 days ago

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UN renews call for Libya ceasefire, condemns strikes near civilian areas

UN renews call for Libya ceasefire, condemns strikes near civilian areas

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 4 January 2020: The UN has renewed its call for a ceasefire in Libya and condemned strikes near civilian areas. In a statement made yesterday attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Libya Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said ‘‘The Secretary-General renews his call for an immediate ceasefire in Libya and a return to political dialogue by all parties. Any foreign support to the warring parties will only deepen the ongoing conflict and further complicate efforts to reach a peaceful and comprehensive political solution. The Secretary-General reiterates that the continued violations of the Security Council arms embargo imposed by resolution 1970 (2011) and as modified by subsequent resolutions only make matters worse. Strict adherence to the embargo is essential for creating an environment favorable to a cessation of hostilities’’. Meanwhile, in a statement yesterday by Yacoub El Hillo, [...]
libyaherald, 16 days ago

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Mitiga airport reopens after being hit by overnight missiles

Mitiga airport reopens after being hit by overnight missiles

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 3 January 2020: Tripoli’s Ministry of Transport has confirmed that Mitiga airport has reopened after it was hit by numerous missiles in the early hours of Friday morning. The attacks caused some damage to the runway and infrastructure, but not enough to shut down the airport. The Ministry thanked staff at the airport for their efforts in clearing and repairing the runway in an effort for flights to resume today. It will be recalled that Mitiga airport was closed for three months between September and December. It was closed due to repeated airstrikes – attributed to the pro-Khalifa Hafter forces – and it continued to be the subject of strikes after it had been closed to civilian flights. The pro Hafter forces have insisted that the forces defending Tripoli have been using the sprawling airport complex, which has always historically had a dual military-civilian use – as a base for military drone flights. The Tripoli side have [...]
libyaherald, 17 days ago

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