By Ashraf Abdul Wahab.
Tripoli, 6 November 2013:
In the face of what it is says is renewed moves for the unauthorised export . . .[restrict]of Libyan oil, the government has today reiterated its warning that naval and airforce units would intercept suspect tankers.
However there was no repeat of this summer’s threat that any uncleared vessel would be attacked without warning. That instruction resulted in one of the navy’s new patrol vessels turning away the tanker A Whale, with smalls arm fire and unsuccessful attempt to fire an RPG at it.
It is understood that oil traders and refiners ave been warned not to purchase any oil that has not been sold through the NOC.
Zeidan and his ministers also announced that provisions had now been made for the absorption into the armed forces of all revolutionaries. Therefore all militias would be expected to have been dissolved by 31 December this year.
“We hope that everyone respond to this call,” said a government statement, “because bonus payments and grants will be suspended after this date, unless the person is a state employee within the military, administrative or civil apparatus.”
The statement continued: “We hope that all citizens take note of this issue and make the necessary arrangements to correct their circumstances”. Anyone carrying a weapon without authorisation after the end of this year, would be considered “an enemy of the state”.