Libya militia says will open oil terminals in mid-December, signaling resolution to oil crisis

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The Libyan militia that shut down most of the country's oil terminals for months causing the loss of millions of dollars says terminals will reopen on Dec. 15.

Ibrahim Jedran, head of the so-called Political Bureau of Barqa, made his remarks Tuesday after meeting with influential tribal leaders and mediators of the al-Magharba tribe in eastern Libya.

Jedran, a former rebel in 2011's eight-month war against longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, reiterated earlier demands to form a committee to redistribute oil revenues between the country's three main regions.

Jedran is a leading advocate of a federal state in which each region has some autonomy as was the case from 1951 until 1963.

Since Gadhafi's fall, Libya has virtually fallen hostage to militia groups challenging the central government.