Will Ghanaian Top Diplomat Hanna Tetteh be Next UN Special Envoy to Libya?

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The Ghanaian former Foreign Minister Hanna Teteh is likely to be appointed as the UN Special Envoy in Libya, succeeding the Lebanese Ghassan Salame, who resigned last March, according to media reports.

Radio France Internationale (RFI) cited sources in the United Nations saying that there has been almost unanimity concerning the appointment of Tetteh as the UN Envoy to Libya.

The report stated that the appointment of a special envoy to Libya will end months of divisions within the United Nations.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has previously proposed the appointment of former Algerian foreign minister, Ramtane Lamamra as the UN envoy to Libya, just five days following Salame’s resignation, but the US refused to back the Algerian diplomat.

Williams has been Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs at the UN Mission in Libya since 2018 and is the acting Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General in Libya, until next June.

Salame announced his resignation on March 2, citing health reasons.

He had worked for months to bring about a ceasefire in Libya after Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar launched a military operation last April to seize the capital Tripoli, from militias backing the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez al-Sarraj.

It is noteworthy that Hanna Tetteh was born 31 May 1967. She served in the Ghanaian cabinet as Minister for Trade and Industry from 2009 to 2013 and Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2017.
She was also the Member of Parliament for the Awutu-Senya West constituency. She is currently appointed as Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU).