LIBYAPROSPECT – London
The French authorities condemned, on Monday, the offensive carried out by military forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, on the Oil Crescent region in Libya.
France said that Haftar’s actions risk pushing the country backward, they also pleaded to the Government of National Accord (GNA) to be more inclusive to breach the political deadlock and come to a solution.
The outbreak of last few days in the oil fields was the most recent of many power struggles in Libya, and it is not the first time Haftar attempts to gain control of other parts of the country.
According to Reuters, the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault said that “the situation in Libya is worrying and has gotten worse,” he added that “Haftar’s offensive does not go in the right direction. There is a real risk of going backward.”
Currently, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) controls the oil fields in Libya, and its loyalties lie with the GNA. Reuters reported that since Haftar launched his offensive on the oil fields, Libya has lost approximately $27 billion in lost production.
Ayralut went on to say that “the production and commercialization of oil must be done in the framework of the NOC under government control. Otherwise, the risks of clashes in Libya are considerable.”
He concluded by saying that the GNA should come up with a strategy to settle the disputes by setting up a much larger representative government that would be inclusive of Haftar in some way.