Diplomat Ján Kubiš in the archive picture from 2013
UN Secretary-General António Guterres wants to appoint Slovak diplomat and former Foreign Minister Ján Kubiš as UN Plenipotentiary for Libya.
Reuters reported on Thursday, referring to a letter from the UN Security Council at its disposal. Former UN Plenipotentiary for Libya Ghasan Salam resigned due to extreme stress almost a year ago.
If none of the 15-member UN Security Council objects by Friday night, Kubis will replace Salam, who resigned last March. He justified his decision at the time with the extraordinary stress associated with trying to solve the problems of crisis-ridden Libya. Until now, Stephanie Williams’ acting representative has been Salam’s acting representative.
Former Slovak Foreign Minister Kubis is currently the UN’s special coordinator for Lebanon. He also served as the UN Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Iraq.
The proposal to appoint Kubisha comes after the UN Security Council approved Guterres’ plan to appoint Nikolai Mladenov as Special Representative for Libya in December. One week later, however, the Bulgarian diplomat declined the post “for personal and family reasons.”
Libya has fallen into chaos after the overthrow of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The UN is working to mediate an end to the conflict and bring the administrations that have been established separately in Tripoli and the east of the country closer together.
In October, two major parties to the conflict – the Government of National Unity (GNA) in Tripoli and the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Field Marshal Khalif Haftar, based in the east of the country, agreed on a ceasefire. Both have the support of different states – behind Tripoli are the UN and Turkey with Qatar, behind Haftar are Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
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