Loading of Libyan oil on North Korean flagged vessel an "illegal act"

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Tarek Mitri

The loading of Libyan oil by a North Korean flagged tanker at Sidra port, east of Tripoli is an "illegal act" according to Tarek Mitri, the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

On 8 March, Libyan oil was loaded on the vessel called the Morning Glory, by armed groups who have been blockading a number of oil terminals and fields in eastern Libya for many months.

Mr. Mitri told the press after briefing the Security Council that the act constituted a violation of Libya's sovereignty over its ports and natural resources.

"You are all aware of the loading of Libyan oil on a North Korean flagged vessel. It is an illegal act and I think that I have briefed the Security Council on this and they may issue a press release later today on this critical matter."

He however denied hearing any reports that the Government would use force against the vessel.

Mr, Mitri clarified that Libya's General National Congress had approved the putting together of a force that would "deter" the vessel from moving from Libyan shores.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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