Crisis Group warns of new armed conflict in Oil Crescent region
The International Crisis Group warned of another confrontation that could arise very soon in Libya's Oil Crescent if the underlying causes of the conflict are not addressed, demanding two major steps to spare the country this conflict.
"The first step is to conduct an international review of the bank operations of the two competing central banks in Libya, which should lead to the reunification of the institution," the group said in a study released Thursday by the international group on the theme "Beyond the Oil Crescent in Libya."
According to the study, the second step recommends that the United Nations must get more engaged in the east, including securing oil installations in future negotiations on the restructuring of the security sector.
The International Crisis Group called for de-escalating the conflict over the control of the country's resources and financial institutions and to end the tensions over the mismanagement of public funds, warning that this ongoing situation could lead to more armed confrontations.
The International Crisis Group is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1995 and is one of the first global sources of analysis and advice to Governments, international organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union, and the World Bank.
International research centres and studies have recently increased their warnings over the potential of the return of conflict in the Oil Crescent area.
In a new study on the Libyan situation and the fighting that took place in the Oil Crescent last June, the Crisis Centre warned that "the underlying grievances behind this conflict are still unresolved."
An armed force led by Ibrahim Al-Jodran commander of the so-called Facilities Guard had seized on June 14 last the ports of the Oil Crescent, after clashes with armed groups loyal to Hafter in the region, which resulted in significant losses and damage to the ports of Sidra and Ras Lanuf, in addition to killing and wounding dozens from both parties.
On the 21st of the same month, the so-called Dignity Operation took control of the two ports and suspended oil exports from the eastern province ports, refusing to hand them over to the National Oil Corporation in Tripoli, before it retracted its decision under international pressure.