The National Authority of Libyan Sheikhs and Notables announced its rejection of Tunisian President Kais Said’s statements regarding the El-Bouri field and the continental shelf between Libya and Tunisia.
And a statement by the authority said today, Tuesday, carried by the Libyan News Agency: “While we affirm Libya’s adherence to its legal right, which was reinforced by the rulings of the International Court of Justice regarding the dividing line for the continental shelf, we are surprised that the issue of the dispute was raised by the brothers in Tunisia at this particular time and after the passage of Nearly 50 years since the resolution of this dispute in a satisfactory manner for both countries.
The commission added that it had hoped that Tunisian President Kais Saied would review the file on the issue of the continental shelf and the ruling of the International Tribunal, and accept and ratify the Tunisian Republic on those rulings issued in this regard instead of involving the name of Libya in internal economic files for reasons that everyone knows about its aims and objectives, and that it has no legal basis.
The commission pointed out that it was preferable for President Qais Saeed to be more keen on perpetuating fraternal relations between the two brotherly peoples and seeking to develop them as a translation of the existing meanings of brotherhood between the two countries.
The commission indicated that the Libyan offshore field, which was discussed by the Tunisian president in his speech, is located very far from the dividing line and the cliff area in which the judiciary and international arbitration were decisive, and the verdict was accepted by the sister country, Tunisia.
The Commission concluded its statement by expressing its deep regret over what it called the media outrage that accompanied these statements, calling on the various media outlets and social media pioneers to investigate the truth and not be drawn into clowning and lies that would sow the seeds of discord and division between the people of one people in Libya and Tunisia, hoping that an atmosphere of brotherhood would prevail. And friendship, Libyan-Tunisian relations, to serve the two brotherly peoples.
Earlier, Tunisian President Qais Saeed said that his country had only obtained crumbs from the Buri oil field, which could secure their needs and more, indicating that there was an intention to share the field with Libya, and the proposal was made by the former Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Salam Al-Triki to divide it into two halves.
video | Tunisian President #Kais Saied says that #Tunisia It only got crumbs from the Bouri oil field that could secure their needs and more, and that the intention was to divide this field. pic.twitter.com/zx1s3uMsf6
– Ain Libya (@EanLibya) March 17, 2023
The Bouri offshore field is located 120 km north of the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea. It was discovered for the first time in 1976 at a depth of 2,700 meters. The proven reserves of crude oil in the field amount to 720,000,000 cubic meters, 3.5 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, and a potential annual production of up to 6 billion cubic meters. It is considered the largest oil-producing field in the Mediterranean.