June 27, 2018 / 8:35 PM / 5 months ago

U.N. calls for return of Libyan oil resources to recognised authorities

TUNIS, June 27 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres voiced concern at developments in Libya’s oil crescent on Wednesday, calling for de-escalation and the return of oil resources to recognised authorities, his spokesman said in a statement.

“The Secretary-General recalls, as stipulated in Security Council resolution 2259 (2015), the need for unity of Libyan institutions and the exclusive right of the National Oil Corporation to export the country’s oil,” the statement said.

Earlier in the day, the United States, France, Britain and Italy said they were deeply concerned by an announcement that east Libyan oil fields and ports would be handed over to a parallel National Oil Corporation (NOC) based in Libya’s east. (Reporting by Aidan Lewis Editing by Mark Heinrich Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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