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Libyan Deputy PM: We are in control of 80 percent of the country’s oil

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—As Libya’s two rival governments gear up for another round of reconciliation talks in Geneva this week under the auspices of the UN, the country’s Tobruk-based government is continuing its attempts to impose its authority over the strife-torn North African state and build new relationships with its neighbors, …

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Leon Meets Libyan Stakeholders, Seeks Freeze in Hostilities, Launch of Political Dialogue Very Soon

Tripoli, 09 January 2015 – In the framework of efforts to resolve Libya’s political and security crisis, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Bernardino Leon, held discussions with Libyan stakeholders Thursday 08 January 2015 on ways to end the hostilities and convene political dialogue.

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Libya conflict threatens entire Maghreb

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has constantly warned against the increasing presence of extremist organizations and movements in southern Libya and about the area turning into a safe haven for groups the French army expelled from northern Mali last year. Senior US officials and some military leaders, like Gen. David …

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As Libya Spirals Toward Chaos, The West Has Financial Levers To Stop The Fighting

Just as oil and gas wealth were the pillars of Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal rentier state, they are at the heart of the civil conflict raging in Libya – demonstrated recently by an escalating battle over storage depots and lifting ports in the country’s oil-rich East, and rumors of an imminent …

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UNSMIL “running out of time and ideas” – may give up on Libya

UNSMIL chief Bernardino Leon has admitted that he is running out of ideas and Libya is running out of time to find a negotiated end to violence.  He has warned that the time may be approaching when “The international community will have to use more stick and less carrot”.

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