Guterres appoints Jan Kubis as Libya envoy to succeed Salame

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, appointed Monday, Jan Kubis, as a new envoy to Libya, after the UN Security Council gave its approval to the appointment.

Last Thursday, Guterres sent a letter to the members of the Security Council, expressing his intention to appoint the UN representative in Lebanon, Jan Kubis, as the new UN envoy in Libya, succeeding the Lebanese Ghassan Salame, who resigned in March 2020 for health reasons.

Delay in choosing a replacement for Salame was seen by observers as including many reasons, such as the position of African countries that insisted on the necessity of appointing a person from this continent to take over the task, while others attribute it to the intransigence of some countries in choosing a personality that might harm their interests in this country; which reflects the international lack of understanding about Libya.

Last December, the Security Council agreed to nominate the UN Special Coordinator for the Settlement in the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, as UN envoy to Libya, but he later refused to take this position, and ended his work in the UN organs in the last days of the past year; for family reasons

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