World Bulletin / News Desk
The Libyan government has reached an initial agreement with rebels to end their control of oilfields in eastern Libya, an official said Wednesday.
"We have concluded an initial deal with the rebels to end their control of the oilfields," interim finance minister Maragie Gheith told Anadolu Agency.
"We have reached an agreement on some points," added Gheith, who led a government delegation in the talks with the rebels.
The minister, however, declined to give more details about the content of the agreement, only saying that the "oilfields crisis will be solved within days".
Meanwhile, rebel spokesman Ali al-Hasi said that the government delegation has accepted some demands of the rebels.
"The government has accepted some of our main demands," he told AA.
He cited that the delegation has agreed to launch an investigation with officials accused of stealing oil and abolish an earlier decision to form a military force to break the rebel siege on the oilfields.
Armed rebels have seized and closed oil ports in the eastern Barqa region for months to pressure the government to apply a federal system in Libya.
In what initially showed the lack of government control over the nation's ports, rebels loaded thousands of barrels of crude oil onto a North Korean-flagged tanker in February.
However, the U.S. Navy moved to block the tanker in international waters and delivered the vessel and its crew to the Libyan government.
Libya's oil production, estimated at 1.4 million barrels a day before the beginning of the eastern ports' crisis, sharply fell to about a fifth by the end of February.
Benghazi, the capital of the Barqa region, has been a hotbed of violence since the downfall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011.Last Mod: 13 Nisan 2014, 22:14