TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, LIBYA – Libyan rebels occupying four eastern oil ports agreed with the government on Sunday to end their eight-month petroleum blockade, which has cost the state billions in lost revenues.
Zueitina and Hariga ports, held by federalist rebels demanding more autonomy from Tripoli, will open immediately and the larger ports, Ras Lanuf and Es Sider, will be freed in two to four weeks after more talks, the government said.
Ending the oil port standoff will be a major advance for Libya’s fragile government, which has struggled to impose its authority over an unruly nation still in flux nearly three years after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi.
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