Accra, June 26 -
(dpa/GNA) – Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), which is run by the
UN-backed national unity government, said on Tuesday that the self-styled
Libyan National Army (LNA) has no "legal authority" regarding oil
exports from the North African country.
The LNA commander, Khalifa Haftar, on Monday decided to hand over the country’s oil ports, including al-Sidr and Ras Lanuf, to an oil company associated with an interim government in the east.
“There is only one legitimate national oil corporation, which is recognized by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and by the international community,” NOC Chairman Mostafa Sonaallah said in a statement.
Exports by “parallel institutions” are illegal and will fail as it happened in the past, he added.
"All oil facilities, production processes and exports should be exclusively controlled by the NOC and the national unity government," he said.
Haftar is aligned with the interim government, which is led by Abdullah al-Thini.
The UN-backed government in Tripoli is headed by Prime Minister Fayez Serraj.
Libya has descended into chaos since dictator Moamar Gaddafi was toppled in a 2011 armed revolt, with rival armed militias and political bodies vying for dominance.