News Roundup - Mon, Mar 26, 2018

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News Roundup - Mon, Mar 26, 2018

March 26, 2018 - 22:00
Written by: NewsDesk

Mellitah Oil and Gas Company has reported a monthly loss of more than 2.16 million bpd of crude oil due to the continued closure of the Al-Feel (Elephant) oil field. The company said the crude oil loss is 144 million dollars at current oil prices. Negotiations with the southern branch of Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) have not led to any positive results, the company revealed, stressing that significant efforts are still underway to bring the crisis to an end.  Al-Feel oil field was closed on February 23 by the PFG to protest the delay in the payment of their salaries.

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A member of Derna People’s Gathering, Huwaidi Al-Qaziri, said that the city's western border at Karsa road is currently open, but Dignity Operation militias are continuing to close the border from time to time. In a press statement, Al-Qaziri accused the Presidential Council of not giving any attention to the crisis in Derna, adding that the Council can - if it has the will - to communicate with international organizations to enter basic materials through the city's port. He said that the humanitarian situation in the city had grown worse as a result of the siege. Earlier, Chief of Derna Security, Yahya Osta Omar, confirmed the reopening of the road between Derna and Athrun town in both directions.

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The head of the Justice and Construction Party, Mohamed Sawan, expressed his surprise of the statement made by the Arab League envoy to Libya, Salah Al-Din Al-Jamali on the draft constitution. Sawan explained that Jamali's statement goes beyond the scope of the envoy's mission and is considered a violation of diplomatic norms, demanding the constitution to be presented to the people who have the inherent right to approve, reject or amend the draft. Al-Jamali said on Sunday “Libyans should seek another constitution because that the current draft is rejected by a large proportion of Libyans.” His statement has drawn sharp criticism in the country and some activists regarded it as “interference in Libya’s internal affairs.

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The German government has allocated 9.8 million euros to the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF to support at least 30,000 children in Libya over the next four years. German Ambassador to Libya Christian Buck said that his country would contribute to the strengthening of child protection services and systems, providing access to new education programs for those affected by the conflict in Libya, and to ensure access to safe drinking water. The special representative of UNICEF in Libya, Abdul Rahman Ghandour, said that the crisis in Libya has negatively affected the basic services especially schools, hospitals, and infrastructure.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Interim Government of the House of Representatives in east Libya, Mohammed Al-Dairi, said that the resignation, which he submitted on the March 4 has not been accepted to this day. In a press statement, Al-Dairi clarified that his resignation was because of “the interference of Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thani in my duties”, explaining that decisions regarding the ministry including the appointments and dismissals were taken by Al-Thani without consulting him. Al-Dairi called Al-Thani to forward the letter of resignation to the House of Representatives, putting the blame on Al-Thani for “procrastinating on accepting the resignation so he can find an alternative, to make it look, as a ministerial reshuffle process, rather than a resignation.”

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The Office for the Protection of Archaeological Sites in the southern region said it had foiled an attempt to smuggle 20 artifacts from the mountains of Akakus in the far south of Libya. The artifacts included ancient objects made of high quality stones from the area of Talawawth, Ramleh and Wan Kazah, according to the parallel Libyan News Agency. The agency added that the head of the Libyan Antiquities Authority in the southern region, Al-Ameen Alhouni, instructed the office to follow up the incident and to quickly head to Awainat town in order to take the pieces, which were about to be smuggled outside Libya.

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A member of the Local Council Tawergha, Abdul Nabi Bouarabeh, said Sunday that the people of Tawergha had formed a committee to meet with its counterpart from Misrata to discuss the possibility of the return of Tawergha families. He added that the 20-member committee will see how to implement the demands of the Misrata Committee in practical terms. For his part, Chairman of the Misrata Committee for Dialogue and Reconciliation, Yousef Zarzah, said that a document is being developed between Misrata and Tawergha to find a mechanism for the return of Tawergha IDPs to their town, ensuring that both parties are ready to work together in order to overcome the obstacles.

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The commander of the self-proclaimed army in eastern Libya, Khalifa Haftar, met with the British ambassador to Libya, Frank Baker on Monday in Rajma, eastern Libya. The media office of Haftar's command said that the two reviewed the fighting of terrorism and other issues. This is the first time Haftar and Baker meet since the latter took office in last February, succeeding Millett.