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E.Libyan autonomy group to hold talks with government on port reopening

Source: Reuters - Fri, 13 Dec 2013 04:59 PM
Author: Reuters
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TRIPOLI, Dec 13 (Reuters) - An East Libyan autonomy group said on Friday it would try selling crude on its own if the Tripoli government did not meet its demands for a greater share of the country's oil wealth by Sunday

"We will hold talks with a government committee on Saturday," said Abd-Rabbo al-Barassi, prime minister of a self-declared eastern government, which has seized three oil ports.

"If they agree on our demands then the ports will reopen on Sunday. If they don't agree then we'll insist on selling the oil without government coordination," he told Reuters by phone.

The group said on Tuesday it was willing to reopen the ports accounting for around 600,000 barrels a day previously if Tripoli allowed it to take a share of the crude proceeds and investigated claims of oil corruption. (Reporting by Feras Bosalum; writing by Ulf Laessing; editing by Keiron Henderson)

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