On 9 May, reports emerged on local media indicating that the eastern-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) had signed a contract with the UAE-registered Sulaco Group to export two million barrels of crude oil from the port of Marsa el-Hariga, which is controlled by the Khalifa Haftar-led Libyan National Army (LNA). This would be in breach of UN Security Council Resolution 2146, which provides member states with authorisation under Chapter VII to intercept illegal oil shipments from Libya and return them to the control of the official NOC in Tripoli.
The eastern NOC has already unsuccessfully attempted to sell oil bypassing the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli in 2015 and 2018.
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