Russia explains its stance on extension of UN Support Mission’s mandate in Libya

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, defended his country’s position regarding the technical extension of the UN mission in Libya “UNSMIL” for the third time until next April.

Nebenzya said, in a press conference held in New York on the occasion of his country’s assumption of the presidency of the UN Security Council during the month of February: “We adopted a decision to extend the mandate of UNSMIL for three months, and the reason is very simple: The Secretary-General must appoint a new envoy without delay, and the deadline for that is around late April when the mandate of Stephanie Williams as Special Adviser expires.

It is noteworthy that the Security Council will discuss this month many issues, especially the briefing on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue, in addition to Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Haiti, among other issues.

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