The Chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanallah has denounced the illegal shipment of aviation fuel from the UAE to (Khalifa Haftar) in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.
The NOC said in a statement on Monday that it had informed the United Nations and the Government of National Accord as well as numerous other governments of these clear violations to UN resolutions and Libyan laws by the UAE.
NOC explained that the shipment of fuel into Benghazi port was a breach of the UN arms embargo relating to Libya, a contravention of the internationally agreed exclusivity of NOC relating to fuel imports, an infraction of the vessel quarantine protocol, and contrary to international law.
According to the NOC, the shipment came from the UAE to Benghazi on a ship called (Gulf Petroleum 4) and had been in Benghazi port for a number of days, referring to the UAE commitment in September 2019 when it signed an international statement saying it was fully support Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) as the country’s sole independent, legitimate and nonpartisan oil company.
The Libya state oil firm reaffirmed that the actions of the UAE appear to be in stark contradiction to its words.
NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanallah said that despite extreme hardships caused by illegal blockades on Libya’s oil facilities, NOC had been able to supply sufficient fuel to all parts of Libya, including the eastern regions to meet all civilian needs, including civil aviation, adding that the only reason why Benghazi wanted additional fuel to be imported in this illegal and clandestine way is that it is intended for other purposes.