Tripoli The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has welcomed the reopening of two major oil fields here which were closed by tribal leaders in January in protest against the UN-backed government. UNSMIL in its statement on Monday welcomed the opening of the Sharara and El Fiel oil fields this weekend.
UNSMIL reported that Libyans have suffered direct losses of nearly five billion dollars due to the disruptions of the oil fields, while the closure of domestic refineries has indirectly resulted in millions of damages. The statement said that the oil fields will be opened across the country. Oil and other natural resources should not in any way form part of the conflict.
The mission forbade all Libyan parties to damage oil-related infrastructure and exploit the employees of the country’s National Oil Corporation (NOC). He said that NOC is the only legitimate oil company in Libya. The mission stated that “Libya’s natural resources belong to all Libyans and it is important to use them to save the country’s economy in this era of the Kovid-19 epidemic.”
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