By Sami Zaptia.
London, 8 July 2020:
UNSMIL reported yesterday that as part of the ongoing Berlin process, experts of the Economic Working Group of the International Follow-up Committee on Libya met virtually on July 6, in the presence of Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Stephanie Williams and National Oil Corporation (NOC) Chairman Mustafa Sanalla.
The working group was co-hosted by the UN Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL), the Embassy of the United States, and delegations of Egypt and the European Union, and attended by representatives of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom, as well as the African Union and the League of Arab States.
UNSMIL reported that the meeting reiterated its full support for the NOC ‘‘as it lifts force majeure nationwide and resumes its vital work on behalf of all Libyans’’.
It also reported that the working group welcomed Sanalla’s presentation on technical steps to restore NOC operations, prevent further degradation of critical infrastructure, ensure the safety of NOC personnel and facilities, and ensure that revenues are not misappropriated, in cooperation with UNSMIL.
UNSMIL said participants at the meeting welcomed this positive vision and encouraged all Libyan parties to facilitate NOC operations. Allowing the NOC to resume its vital work, on the basis of transparency and a firm commitment to ensure no illicit use of revenues, will create the conditions for a common understanding among Libyans on an equitable distribution of oil and gas revenues, it added. In this spirit, the working group called on UNSMIL to intensify its work through the Berlin economic track to support such a Libyan consensus and promote financial transparency.