UN chief to appoint special envoy for mediation of Libyan conflict. news


The UN Security Council has asked the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appoint a Special Envoy for Broker Peace in Libya, although Russia and China abstained from voting on the proposal that the UN mission in the country also be expanded.

Ghassan Salam, who was heading the political mission of the United Nations and was also accused of trying to mediate peace, cited tensions in March.

Guterres informally proposed a replacement, but the United States wanted a person to split the role to focus on mediation to the UN mission and a special envoy.

The Security Council agreed to that resolution on Tuesday.

“With the new structure, we have to introduce a new candidate and we will naturally have to consult with the Security Council for that purpose,” Guterres said in an interview on Monday.

The Security Council has traditionally agreed – informally – to a consensus for such appointments.

Several months ago, the US proposed that Guterres appoint former Danish Prime Minister Helling Thoring-Schmidt as special envoy, but diplomats said he had withdrawn himself.

Russia and China said they avoided voting on the resolution because it did not include their suggested amendments.

Libya plunged into chaos after the NATO-backed overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Since 2014, it has split, with an internationally recognized government controlling the capital, Tripoli and the northwest, while military leader Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi rules the east.

Haftar is supported by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, while the National Accord (GNA) government is supported by Turkey.

“I am amazed at the fact that so many spoilers, so many countries, are interfering with the situation in Libya, building military capability on both sides … in the entirety of Security Council resolutions regarding weapons embargo Se disregard, or mercenaries, ”Guterres told Reuters.

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Reuters news agency

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