By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 6 April 2015:
In a statement read out at Saturday’s press conference held in the eastern city of . . .[restrict]Beida, the Libyan government of Abdullah Thinni, representing the only internationally recognized parliament, the House of Representatives (HoR), warned against dealing with the Tripoli-based NOC.
In its continuing pressure and efforts to push the boundaries and breakout of the status quo favoured by the international community, the Thinni government is taking further steps to export crude oil from the regions under its control through its locally recognized NOC – and away from the historic Tripoli-based NOC.
The chairman of the pro HoR NOC, Mabruk Abuyousef Maraja, making the statement at the press conference warned all sectors, national and foreign persons of the illegality or illegitimacy of dealing with the NOC located in the city of Tripoli, as of the date of the decision of the Thinni government No. 50 and 65 of 2014.
These decisions concerned the appointment of the Chairman and members of the Board of Directors of the NOC that represents the legitimate authority of the State of Libya represented in the person of Mabruk Abuyousef Maraja as Chairman and in its interim home town of Ras Lanuf, the statement read.
The decision, continued the statement, affirms the right of the NOC to exercise its authority and competence granted it by legislation.
It also affirms the subordination of all assets, companies and employees associated with oil and located inside and outside the State of Libya, including areas west of the country ranging from Zawia refinery and Mellitah port controlled by outlaw militias, the statement said.
The Thinni government represented by the NOC informs that Mustafa Sanalla, Abdallah al-Qassam Shingeer and Alamari Mohamed Alamari and Jadallah Al-Obeidi represent only themselves.
And at the same time, the statement continued, we warn them not to enter into any contracts or legal actions that would impose any obligations on the Libyan oil sector. We hold them fully responsible for their actions as a result of their losing their legal authority by virtue of the referred to announcements of government decisions no 50 and 65.
The statement also reiterated the pro HoR NOC’s permission from the Thinni government in starting to export crude oil and its by-products through its main ports and the import of fuel for local consumption effective from this announcement.
The decision also says that the NOC has been authorized to negotiate companies committed with existing ongoing contracts in order to continue the contracts’ execution and to find ways to amend them to an ideal way that would protect Libya’s rights.
The Thinni government wants to assure local and foreign companies that are contractually committed with the NOC that it will honour those contracts and its commitment to their execution, after getting over and treating some of the barriers that may impede the continuation – as long as it is carried out through the legal/legitimate Thinni government and its representative NOC and its subsidiaries. [/restrict]