The internationally- recognized National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli has lashed out at Khalifa Haftar’s General Command for handing over the oil terminals to the parallel NOC and urged the international community and Libyan people to condemn it.
In a statement late on Monday, the NOC said Haftar’s General Command has no legal authority to determine control of oil exports from Libya, and any attempt to do so would violate United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and domestic Libyan law and penal code.
The NOC warned companies against entering into contracts to buy oil from parallel institutions, threatening to take legal action against the violators by all options available.
“There is only one legitimate NOC recognized by the international community and OPEC,” said NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla, adding that crude exports by parallel institutions are illegal and will fail as they have failed in the past.
“We are confident that the GNA and our international partners will take the necessary steps to stop all exports in breach of international law.” He added.
Sanalla has likened Haftar to Jadran who attempted to sell oil in March 2014, but U.S. Navy ships thwarted him.
“LNA has decided to put itself above the law. The LNA is behaving like the criminal Ibrahim Jadran,” he remarked, adding that Haftar’s General Command has turned its back on the Paris Accords and on the path to peace.
Meanwhile, the head of the parallel government in east Libya, Abdullah Thanni, met with the governor of parallel Central Bank of Libya, Ali Hibri, shortly after Haftar’s handover descion to discuss how to use oil revenues.
On the other hand, Deputy Chairman of Presidential Council Ahmed Mietieq said “the National Oil Corporation (NOC) is the only legitimate oil exporting and oil resources management channel.”