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Mustafa Sanalla

Only a Cease-Fire Will Protect Libya’s Oil

Neither side of the civil war should get complete control of the country’s main economic resource.

Neither side of the conflict should get the keys to the country’s treasure.

Neither side of the conflict should get the keys to the country’s treasure.

Photographer: Mahmud Turkia/AFP

For a month now, forces loyal to the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), the armed group commanded by Khalifa Haftar, have tried to seize control of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Like much of western Libya, Tripoli is held by Haftar’s rival, the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Symbolically, Libya’s main oil terminals are located almost halfway between the LNA’s stronghold in the east of the country and the GNA’s western base.

As Chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corp., I cannot foresee any scenario, other than an immediate ceasefire, in which Libya’s oil exports are not severely impacted by the conflict.