Deadlock in Libya as rebels refuse to negotiate with new PM

Cairo: One step forward, two back seems to be the way things are progressing or not with Libya’s tortuous efforts to get its oil exports back on track. In the latest twist, rebels occupying major oil ports in eastern Libya said on Wednesday they would boycott Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq and keep two major export terminals shut for now.

Maiteeq's predecessor, Abdullah al-Thinni, reached an agreement with the rebels to reopen four of the ports, although only the smaller facilities, Hariga and Zueitina, have been handed over to government forces.

The larger Ras Lanuf and Es Sider export terminals remain closed. Rebels took control of these terminals more than nine months ago. [08/05/14]

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