By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 8 April 2014:
The governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States . . .[restrict]have welcomed the announcement of the reopening of eastern oil export terminals at Zueitina and Tobruk.
In a joint statement released yesterday the five governments congratulated the Libyan Government and General National Congress saying the authorities had made significant steps towards the peaceful resolution of the blockade by federalists in the east.
They called on all parties concerned to implement yesterday’s decision in full and as quickly as possible, in accordance with the timetable in the agreement. They added that in line with the conclusions of the Rome Conference on international support for Libya, they reiterated their desire to see a transparent and inclusive national dialogue.
The Ministry of Justice published a copy of the agreement to open the two ports on its official website yesterday, although with no additional comment. The statement was signed by Cyrenaica federalist leader Ibrahim Jadhran and Sherif Al-Wafi, one of the two Congress members for Marj.
(The other member for Marj is the 1st Deputy President of Congress, Ezzidden Al-Awami who has sparked anger last week with his order to the Attorney General to release the three Libyans under Jadhran’s orders caught on board the oil tanker Morning Glory.)
While the situation on the ground at the ports remains the same, there are hopes they will reopen in the next few days.
The joint statement said the blockade had “done so much damage to the Libyan economy and to the Libyan people over the last nine months”. [/restrict]