The leader of armed groups that have been controlling the main oil ports in eastern Libya for months, Mr. Ibrahim Jodhrane, has agreed to end the blockade of the oil terminals.
Mr. Jodhrane has justified the agreement, reached on Tuesday evening, by saying it was in response to the aspirations of Libyan people.
He refuted the accusations made by one of Gaddafi’s sons, Saadi, that he had made a secret contact with the rebel leader to sell Libyan crude oil, in collusion with supporters of the former regime, and to use the proceeds to get weapons.
On Monday evening, Saadi said on Libya’s national television that secret contacts have been established between him and Jodhrane to form an alliance to fight against the central authorities in Tripoli.
Since last July, armed guards have been controlling three oil ports in the east (al-Sedra, Zueitina and Ras Lanouf), with a total of 600,000 barrels per day, thus reducing the nation’s oil production to less than 200,000 barrels a day, compared with 1.5 million bpd before the beginning of the 2011 uprising.
These armed groups have demanded the establishment of the federal system in the province of Berga (Cyrenaica) and the region’s share of oil incomes.