Libya's GNA foreign minister, Mohammed Syala, took aim at the international community over its inaction and silence in the face of Haftar's ongoing blockade of Libyan oil exports, claiming this is to keep up global oil prices.
Speaking to the press at the UN in Geneva, Syala said that the GNA is "astonished at the...inaction" of the international community. "They...don't want one million barrels of (Libyan) oil to bring down prices now that international demand is low. If this is the reason, its inhuman".
Libya's economy is heavily reliant on crude oil exports, which comprise nearly all of its national income. However, days prior to the launch of the Berlin peace talks in January of 202, Haftar-linked tribal elements seized and shut down most of Libya's export capacity, which is based in LNA-held territory, dropping Libyan production from around 1.2 mil bpd to under 200,000 bpd. Haftar claims this is to force the GNA to more evenly distribute oil income. That is, since even though eastern Libya produces most of Libya's oil output, the revenues are brought in through the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation and Central Bank. The GNA insists Haftar is using this to gain leverage in the negotiations.