CAIRO, Aug 23 (Reuters) – A state oil firm loyal to Libya’s
official government based in the east of the country has invited
foreign oil firms to discuss existing oil purchase contracts at
a conference in Dubai next month, it said in a statement.
The move is a fresh attempt by Libya’s internationally
recognised government to control state oil firm NOC, which is at
the centre of a conflict between two rival administrations four
years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.
CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he would seek greater backing for a U.N. peace plan for Libya which has been spurned by some key players in a country where two rival governments are vying for power.
Some warring factions signed an initial United Nations-sponsored deal on July 12 to form a unity government and end fighting, but the parliament in Tripoli – set up to rival the official assembly which was pushed out of the capital – rejected the agreement.
LONDON/CAIRO, July 31 (Reuters) – Imports of food, including
wheat, are dropping sharply to Libya, which has the highest per
capita bread consumption in the world, as foreign shippers run
scared of making direct deliveries due to worsening turmoil.
The country is in chaos, with two governments fighting one
another and armed groups roaming uncontrolled, among them
Islamic State militants who have attacked oilfields.
Islamic State jihadists have exploited widespread chaos to gain a foothold in Libya, but their ejection from an eastern city suggests they may not achieve a Iraq-style takeover due to strong local rivals and the absence of sectarian divisions.
BENGHAZI, Libya/CAIRO, July 24 (Reuters) – The International
Monetary Fund said on Friday it has recognised the central bank
governor named by Libya’s official government as its sole
contact and ended ties with a rival bank chief in Tripoli.
The move risks making it even harder for foreign states to
foster cooperation between the warring administrations because
the official government sits in eastern Libya and the central
bank in Tripoli controls the country’s vital oil revenues.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A few weeks ago, a sailor in Libya’s coastguard scooped up Luchiya Mhreteab and her two small children after the boat taking them to Italy sank off Libya’s northern tip.
Mhreteab, 30, had fled Eritrea and is pregnant. She and her five-year-old daughter Dina and three-year-old son Yosan now live on a mat in the courtyard of a Libyan detention centre. They eat rice and vegetables three times a day, Mhreteab explained, her ripped black abaya stretched across her growing tummy. “I don’t know what to do next.”
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Late last year I was sitting in Tripoli’s foreign ministry when a guard drew a gun on a colleague next to me and then kicked him down a stairwell. His mistake? He had complained about a news conference being delayed.
That was the moment I lost my last illusions about the Libyan revolution.
The guard’s bosses quickly moved to punish him and his act was one of individual anger not policy. But the episode shows how Libya had changed since rebels toppled Muammar Gaddafi in August 2011. Back then, young fighters in Tripoli had celebrated into the night after they seized Gaddafi’s Bab Aziziya compound. There was a sense of promise and a longing for change in almost everyone you spoke to.
CAIRO, June 12 (Reuters) – Libya’s official government,
based in the east since fleeing the capital, has so far failed
to sell oil by itself, despite setting up a Dubai bank account
and new central bank unit, industry and banking sources say.
The internationally recognised government said in March it
wanted oil buyers to pay through a new state oil firm with an
account in Dubai and stop dealing with the established entity in
Tripoli controlled by a rival government.
BENGHAZI, Libya/CAIRO (Reuters) – A delegation of Libya’s elected parliament has arrived in Germany to discuss with European and North African officials a U.N. proposal to form a unity government despite some lawmakers rejecting the plan, officials said on Tuesday.
The splits underscored the complex task the United Nations faces in implementing any agreement for a united national authority and a peace deal on the ground where two rival governments and various armed factions battle for control.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A Libyan court will rule on July 28 on a son of Muammar Gaddafi and 36 other former regime officials accused of war crimes and suppressing peaceful protests during the 2011 revolution, a state prosecutor said on Monday.
Saif al-Islam, the most high-profile of Gaddafi’s seven sons, has been on trial together with former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi. Any verdict on Saif would be in absentia since he has been held since 2011 by a former rebel group in Zintan that opposes the Tripoli government.