Security Council agrees to name new special envoy to Libya

Security Council agrees to name new special envoy to Libya

September 13, 2020 - 11:18
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The UN Security Council agreed last Friday to name a new special envoy to Libya after over six months of dispute, according to diplomats.

The Security Council will vote Tuesday on a draft resolution that will see the UN Support Mission in Libya extend its mandate till September 15, 2021, plus rearrange its leadership structure.

Meanwhile, AFP reported that the draft says the Security Council decided that “UNSMIL should be led by a Special Envoy of the Secretary-General with a particular focus on good offices and mediation with Libyan and international actors to end the conflict.”

Under the envoy’s authority, “an UNSMIL Coordinator shall be in charge of UNSMIL’s day-to-day operations and management of its roughly 200 staff," the text says.

The Security Council will ask Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to “appoint his Special Envoy without delay,” according to the document.

Local media outlets in Libya said the Security Council had appointed the former Bulgarian Foreign Minister, Nicolai Miladinov, as the new Head of UNSMIL.

Libya envoy Ghassan Salame resigned last March for health reasons and since then, dispute between the US and other countries led to halting the naming of a replacement to Salame.

Even when Guterres announced that the former Algerian Foreign Minister Ramthan Lemamra was in the run for the post, the US prevented him from being appointed and this act was also repeated with a new candidate, a former Guinean Minister.

The US called for splitting the role of the UNSMIL Head and Special Envoy to be a political envoy and a head: two different figures as it is done in Cyprus or UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).