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Fragmentation Of Libya Has Begun: Former Russian Ambassador

Itar-Tass
March 26, 2012

Cyrenaica autonomy can be first step towards split of Libya

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Commenting on who can benefit from the disintegration of Libya, Podtserob said, “Oil companies would benefit such a state of affairs because it is easier to deal with several weak governments than with one strong government.

“Leader of the Libyan Revolution Muammar Gaddafi was a difficult partner for oil monopolies…This was one of the key reasons for backing ‘freedom fighters’ from the West,” the Russian expert said.

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MOSCOW: Cyrenaica’s autonomy can become the first step towards the split of the country, former Russian ambassador to Libya and Tunisia Alexei Podtserob told Itar-Tass on Monday.

“If Cyrenaica declares autonomy, Libya will cease to be,” the Russian expert said.

“At present, the country is facing the threat of fragmentation. One of the regions of Libya, Cyrenaica, declared autonomy. But their representatives said they would not seek to proclaim independence,” Podtserob said.

At the same time, he did not rule out that the situation could aggravate.

“Then the armed fight for oil may begin because the population of Cyrenaica numbers 20 percent of the country’s population. About 80 percent of oil reserves are in this area,” he explained. In his view, the conflict can arise around oil reserves in the district between Cyrenaica and
Tripolitania.

“It was rather easy to predict the situation in Libya that we are watching now. It is unclear to me why the Americans and Europeans did not defer to the experts’ opinions,” the Russian former ambassador said.

Commenting on who can benefit from the disintegration of Libya, Podtserob said, “Oil companies would benefit such a state of affairs because it is easier to deal with several weak governments than with one strong government.

“Leader of the Libyan Revolution Muammar Gaddafi was a difficult partner for oil monopolies. He dictated his policy and relied on a well-organised country. Thus, Gaddafi made France’s Total pay a 500 million U.S. dollar forfeit. He said the agreement on production sharing had been changed so that foreign oil companies got not more than 20 percent. This was one of the key reasons for backing ‘freedom fighters’ from the West,” the Russian expert said.

“The disintegration of the country has begun. I’d like to hope that this process will be stopped because the disintegration will create many problems for the Libyan people,” he stressed.

On March 6, Cyrenaica elected a regional congress and declared semi-autonomy from Libya’s capital, Tripoli. The congress appointed Ahmed al-Zubair Ahmed, a member of the National Transitional Council (NTC), as the leader of its governing council, who pledged to protect the rights of the eastern region.

Thousands of major tribal leaders and militia commanders attended the ceremony in the region’s capital, Benghazi. Cyrenaica, where the country’s popular revolution against Gaddafi’s four-decade-long rule erupted last year, stretches from the central city of Sirte to the Egyptian border in the east. The NTC has protested the autonomy as a “blatant call for fragmentation.”

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  1. Michael
    March 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm | #1

    Secessionist movement of Cyrenaica disguised as “fight for freedom and democracy” was the main threat to the unity of Libya, well planned, financed and armed from abroad. Gaddafi’s Government had no alternative but to fight it.
    At the same time Al-Qaida, the main reason/excuse for “War on Terror” was once again ally of the U.S. led NATO in Libya like in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, during violent break up of Federal Yugoslavia that led to creation of Bosnia, Kosovo, then in Iraq ally than foe, than ally again and now in Syria!
    Who is a terrorist here, true or imaginary?

    • March 27, 2012 at 2:25 am | #2

      The only terrorist is the West. In fact, terrorism began in the West (early 1900s) and continues to be it’s calling card.

      • Michael
        March 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm | #3

        I agree and thank you.

  2. ElRoz
    June 5, 2012 at 6:18 am | #4

    Another “successful” western project – too bad it is the locals that, as always, have to endure the negative consequences while BBC-CNN and the rest of the monotonous outlets disgorge stereotypes and offer half-truths, as they do about Syria and as they did about Iraq.

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