UN to Select New Envoy in Libya

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The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres is in the process of selecting a new envoy for him in Libya, his Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said in a press conference on Monday.

“The Secretary-General is doing everything he can to move forward with this process (appointing the envoy), and he is in constant contact with the Libyan mission (UNSMIL) on this issue,” Dujarric added at the press conference.

He pointed out that the appointment of a new Head of mission in Libya “is not only a Libyan issue, but rather a process during which the UN Security Council grants a mandate based on an exchange of letters between the Secretary-General, and the Head of the Council.”

“After we receive a letter from the President of the Security Council informing us that he has been informed of the issue, which means that there is no objection by any member of the Council, we will then reach the name of the candidate,” he explained.

Dujarric added that the UN hopes to find a candidate acceptable to the parties concerned, noting that the organization has not yet announced the name of any candidate.

He noted that “the procedures for nominating a new Head of our mission in Libya are the same as when appointing any other head of UN mission. There are some challenges due to the existing and obvious divisions over the name of the new candidate.”

Guterres reportedly nominated, Abdoulaye Bekali as his new Special Envoy to Libya, and Head of UNSMIL, according to media sources.

The demand for an African UN envoy began in 2020, with the nomination of Algerian and Ghanaian candidates. These proposals were rejected by the United States.