UN accepts resignation of Libya envoy Jan Kubis, considering replacement

The spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stephane Dujarric, confirmed the acceptance of the resignation of the UN envoy to Libya, Jan Kubis, after his resignation was revealed on Tuesday evening.

The United Nations website quoted Dujarric as saying that Kubis will give his briefing on the situation in Libya before the UN Security Council, tomorrow, Wednesday, without disclosing the details of his resignation.

In addition, diplomats told Reuters about a proposal prepared by the United Nations informally regarding the appointment of British diplomat Nicholas Kay to succeed Kubis, pending Security Council approval of his appointment as a new envoy to Libya.

The name “Nicholas Kay” first appeared in the Libyan file, in December 2016, during a statement by the former Libyan ambassador to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabashi, in which he revealed British efforts at the United Nations to appoint “Kay” as a replacement for the former UN envoy, “Martin Kobler”, after the failure of the latter to cooperate with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar at the time.

British diplomat Nicholas Kay was born in 1958, worked with British intelligence (MI6) in Spain, Cuba, Brazil, Cyprus, Peru and Saudi Arabia, served as the United Kingdom’s regional coordinator in southern Afghanistan and headed the United Nations Support Mission in Somalia, and served as his country’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the period 2007-2010, then he was appointed ambassador to Khartoum from 2010-2012.

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