Date: 12 March 2014
The story of the alleged ‘North Korean’ Oil Cargo ship has been dominating both international and Libyan headlines. This ship appears to have changed allegiance several times in the past few weeks (in late February it flew a Liberian flag) and further investigation has revealed the owner of the vessel to be Sea Bride Shipping who belong to a parent company based in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates).
We are using all our resources; political contacts and combined efforts to return this asset to its rightful owner – Libya. We must preserve and protect the sovereignty of our country. This oil represents the wealth of the Libyan people and must not be stolen. It is imperative that we return this ship to Libya as soon as possible.
We will keep you informed on the result of our negotiations. We will do all that we can to uphold our nation.
Abdul Basit Igtet