Ships are anchored in the Mediterranean sea next to the Zawiya Oil Refinery in Zawiya, west of Tripoli, Libya.
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A government based in eastern Libya has shipped its first cargo of crude in defiance of authorities in the capital Tripoli, a bold move that could deepen the divisions that have brought chaos since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi. The Tripoli authorities asked the U.N. Security Council Tuesday to blacklist the India-flagged tanker Distya Ameya, which left the eastern Libyan port of Hariga overnight carrying oil they said could not be lawfully sold.The eastern government has set up its own National Oil Company to act in parallel to the Tripoli-based NOC that is recognized internationally as the only legitimate seller of Libyan oil.The NOC in Tripoli says any sale by its eastern rival would breach U.N. Security Council resolutions and put the future of Libya's economy at risk.News of the eastern NOC's effort to export its first shipment of oil emerged late last week, when the NOC in Tripoli said it had prevented port workers from loading oil onto the Distya Ameya.
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