UNSMIL Criticizes Halting Oil Production Without Reference to the GNA Hiring Syrian Mercenaries Using Oil Proceeds – Al Marsad

In light of the Libyan tribes shutting down oil production and exports due to allocating Libyan petrodollars for the recruitment of pro-Ankara mercenaries, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed its deep concern about the disruption or cessation of oil production in Libya.

[Libya, 18 January 2020] – The UN Mission considered in a statement according to its official website that this step will have devastating consequences first and foremost for the Libyan people, who depend entirely on oil exports and will have ripple effects that will exacerbate the already deteriorating economic and financial situation in the country.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) urged all Libyans to exercise maximum restraint while international negotiations continue to mediate an end to the protracted Libyan crisis, including recommending measures to ensure transparency in the allocation of state resources.

Furthermore, UNSMIL reiterated the importance of preserving the integrity and impartiality of the National Oil Corporation (NOC).

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya expressed his hopes on Saturday that the oil ports in the east of the country will be reopened within a few days after closing them on Friday.

“If the thing is not solved between today and tomorrow I expect the issue to be raised in Berlin,” the UNSMIL Head told Reuters.

The UNSMIL statement, however, made no mention of the key objection by tribal leaders that oil revenues belonging to the country were being abused by Fayez Al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord by using it to hire Syrian mercenaries from Turkey.

The Guardian newspaper reported the deployment of more than 2,000 Syrian mercenaries and terrorists in Libya who travelled via Turkey, indicating that these mercenaries are paid a monthly salary of US $2,000 by the Government of National accord (GNA) for fighting alongside its aligned militants against the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Tripoli.

© Al Marsad English (2020)