BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Hundreds of Libyans waving French and British flags and chanting anti-Muammar Gaddafi slogans mobbed President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday in the eastern city of Benghazi.
Flying in from Tripoli, where they had also been given a rapturous welcome, the two men met crowds thanking them for the NATO campaign that helped end Gaddafi’s 42-year rule.
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy and
David Cameron landed in Libya to a heroes’ welcome on Wednesday,
promising help for the new rulers that French and British air
power helped to install and being told the favour may be repaid
in business contracts.
Just three weeks after rebel forces backed by NATO bombers
overran the capital, French President Sarkozy and the British
prime minister promised in Tripoli to help hunt down the
fugitive Muammar Gaddafi and to hand his frozen assets to his
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – An attack on a Libyan oil refinery this week by militia loyal to former leader Muammar Gaddafi was an isolated incident and steps are being taken to protect oil infrastructure, the head of the National Oil Corp. (NOC) has said.
Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi attacked the front gate of Libya’s largest oil refinery near the coastal town of Ras Lanuf on Monday, killing 15 guards, witnesses said.
BENGHAZI, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Libya’s interim government
said on Wednesday it would not move to Tripoli until the country
is fully “liberated”, contradicting a pledge to do so by the end
of this week.
The National Transitional Council said last month it would
set up an administration in Tripoli as part of plans to build up
democratic institutions and move towards holding elections.
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan oil firm Agoco has promised to give half its early crude oil production to trading firm Vitol as payment for fuel supplied to rebels during the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.
Ahmed Majbri, chairman of the Arabian Gulf Oil Co. (Agoco), told Reuters Vitol had delivered more than $1 billion of fuel to the rebels, much of it during the first few months of fighting.
BREGA, Libya (Reuters) – Libya can resume oil production in just three to four days and will reach full pre-war output levels within a year, interim Oil and Finance Minister Ali Tarhouni said on Saturday.
Oil production in the North African country has been at a virtual standstill for months as the war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi raged near coastal terminals, causing damage to facilities and driving out foreign workers.
BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Hundreds of people have
marched in Benghazi calling for a shake-up of Libya’s new
leadership while nascent political groups have challenged the
country’s interim rulers in a memorandum, saying their
governance plan does not meet the people’s demands.
The Benghazi residents marched from a charred compound of
former leader Muammar Gaddafi on Friday, singing “the first
martyrs were from Benghazi” and criticising what they called
“climbers” and “opportunists” in the new leadership.
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s interim government is drafting a proposal that would shrink the responsibilities of the National Oil Corp (NOC) to make it a purely commercial organisation, a member of the interim government has told Reuters.
The North African country is trying to restore oil production after more than six months of fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi which have caused foreign oil companies to flee and led to infrastructure damage to oilfields and export terminals.
BENGHAZI, Libya/AGADEZ, Niger (Reuters) – Libya’s new leaders sent envoys to neighbouring Niger on Wednesday to try to prevent Muammar Gaddafi and his entourage evading justice by fleeing across a desert frontier toward friendly African states.
“The NTC has sent a delegation to Niger to discuss the possible arrival of Gaddafi,” Fathi Baja, the head of political affairs for the National Transitional Council, told Reuters in Benghazi, saying the ousted strongman may be close to the Niger or Algerian borders, waiting for an opportunity to slip across.
BENGHAZI, Libya/AGADEZ, Niger (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi was last tracked heading for Libya’s southern border, the man leading the hunt for the deposed leader told Reuters, and French and Niger military sources said scores of vehicles carrying pro-Gaddafi forces had crossed into Niger.
Hisham Buhagiar, who is coordinating efforts to find Gaddafi, said reports indicated he may have been in the region of the southern village of Ghwat, some 300 km north of the border with Niger, three days ago.