Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Libya separatists load NKorea oil ship and ignore warning  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - AFP - 09/03/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - AFP) Libyan separatists loaded oil onto a North Korean tanker for a second consecutive day on Sunday, ignoring the central government's threats of military action, an industry official said.The separatists are former rebels who have turned against the interim authorities in the restive North African country after toppling veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi in the 2011 uprising.Since July separatists have been blockading oil terminals in eastern Libya that they had been entrusted with guarding over demands for autonomy in eastern regions and a share in lucrative oil revenues.On Saturday they began loading oil onto the Panamanian-flagged "Morning Glory" tanker docked at Al-Sidra terminal.Prime Minister Ali Zeidan ordered them to stop or else the tanker would be bombed, while Oil Minister Omar Shakmak denounced the separatists for an "act of piracy".On Sunday the defence ministry said orders for military action had been issued to the armed forces, the official Lana news agency reported.

The ministry ordered the chief of staff, the navy and the air force "to deal with the tanker that entered Libyan waters without a prior permit from the legitimate authorities," Lana said.The report came as National Oil Corporation spokesman Mohamed al-Hariri said that the Morning Glory was "still inside the harbour and loading is underway".Hariri said he expected the operation to continue until the end of Sunday, noting that the ship could take up to 350,000 barrels of crude oil.But he was unable to give details on any plans by the authorities to stop the tanker from leaving the port.- Plans to intercept ship -However, military sources said plans were in place to intercept the tanker before it leaves Libya's territorial waters.Prime Minister Zeidan told a news conference late Saturday that the attorney general had given the order for the ship to be stopped."All parties must respect Libyan sovereignty. If the ship does not comply, it will be bombed," he said.Zeidan said the authorities had told the vessel's captain to leave Libya's waters, but added that armed gunmen on board were preventing him from setting sail.A spokesman for the self-proclaimed government of Cyrenaica in the east, the political wing of the separatists, had said Saturday that oil exports from Al-Sidra had begun."We are not defying the government or the Congress (parliament). But we are insisting on our rights," said Rabbo al-Barassi, who heads the Cyrenaica executive bureau formed in August.The crisis erupted in July, when security guards at key terminals shut them down, accusing the authorities of corruption and demanding a more equitable distribution of oil revenues.The situation has become more complicated as self-rule activists have insisted on the right to export.Oil is a key revenue Libya and following the blockade of terminals production plunged to about 250,000 barrels per day from 1.5 million barrels.

 


AFP




  MENA News Headlines
 Sep 1 2015 - Saudi- Short circuit caused Aramco fire 3 Canadians among deadArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) ALKHOBAR: A short circuit involving a transformer in the basement of the residential complex of Saudi Aramco resulted in the fire on Sunday according to a preliminary probe. The ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Saudi- Why top women won't contest civic electionsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) JEDDAH: A number of prominent Saudi women have cited several reasons for not running as candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Some of them are an alleged lack of ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Car Bomb Hits Libya's TripoliQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) A car bomb exploded in the Thahra area of central Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday.One person was injured in the blast and a number of cars parked nearby were damaged. ...

 Sep 1 2015 - The Syrian conundrumArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) This is with reference to the article 'Ousting Assad must to defeat Daesh' (Aug. 31) by Hassan Barari. Saudi Arabia has been calling for the removal of Bashar Assad since the ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Israeli Naval Forces Fire on Gaza FishermenQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of Gaza City on Tuesday morning. The fishermen came under fire as they were sailing off the ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Saudi- Power politicsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) I read with interest the article 'Justice done to death' (Aug. 31) by Neil Berry. I have started to believe that laws are meant only to rein in the masses worldwide. People like ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Qatar- QTA Awarded Best Arab Government Tourism AuthorityQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) Monday announced receiving the award of "Best Arab tourist governmental body" for 2015, and granted by the Arab Center for Media tourism, ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Tortured alive or poisoned to death: The suffering of stray dogs in EgyptDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) They were born believing the streets are their home. No matter how unsafe home is, they don't have anywhere else to go to, it's where they belong. Even if that means ...

 Sep 1 2015 - Egypt- The witches and wizards of the Patient Support Team: A new approach for charity eventsDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) If you are a Harry Potter fan living in Egypt, you will almost certainly have heard about the Harry Potter Experience organised by the Patient Support Team (PST). Last ...

 Sep 1 2015 - The industrialisation of reconciliation: Iran, Saudi Arabia and ISDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) came across a curious news item the other day on Reuters about an industrial development project in Saudi Arabia, and it rang a few bells. The plan is to build a "new ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help