Turkish Presidency: Central Bank of Libya Should Keep All Oil Revenues – Al Marsad

Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin confirmed that his country does not oppose the idea of demilitarizing the cities of Sirte and Jufra in principle, indicating that the government in Tripoli has leverage in the field and is present at the negotiating table, as he put it.

(Libya, 25 August 2020) – Ibrahim Kalin said in an interview with the US Bloomberg Agency that Turkey supports the call of the Government of National Accord (GNA) for a ceasefire, stressing that Sirte and Jufra should be under the control of the central government in Libya.

He indicated that the oil resources in Libya should be used for the benefit of the people while their revenues should be in the custody of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL).

Kalin, however, seemed to be unaware that the Turkish position s clearly problematic for Libyans, as it would only lead to the continued predation of Libya’s wealth by the status quo in Tripoli and further funding of Islamist militia, criminal cartels, Syrian terrorists, and purchase of further military hardware from Turkey.

The position of the head of the Libyan Parliament, Chancellor Aguila Saleh was very clear on this issue in his statement last week. He called for preserving the wealth of the Libyan people by resuming oil production and export while freezing its revenues in the account of the Libyan Foreign Bank (LFB) and not disbursing them until after reaching a political settlement in line with the outcomes of the Berlin Conference and the Cairo Declaration as guaranteed by the UNSMIL, the US administration, and the countries that support peace and stability in Libya, up to achieving fairness and transparency.

© Al-Marsad English (2020)

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