UN appoints new Special Representative for Libya

(Agence Ecofin) – The UN Security Council on Saturday approved the appointment of Slovak diplomat Jan Kubis as the organization’s Special Representative in Libya.

Slovakia’s former foreign minister, currently in Lebanon, will head the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (Manul), which has remained vacant since the departure ten months ago of the Lebanese Ghassan Salamé.

If he is not of African nationality as desired by the African Union, the new emissary (who was not the No. 1 choice of Antonio Guterres) will still be assisted by the Zimbabwean Raisedon Zenenga, current Representative United Nations Deputy Special for Somalia.

Between the preservation and strict respect of the ceasefire, the constitution of a real government of national unity for the country torn apart since 2011, and the organization of elections by the end of the year, the The mission promises to be difficult for the 68-year-old mediator.

Octave A. Bruce

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