EU Welcomes Appointment of UN Envoy to Libya


Official Spokesperson for the European Union, Peter Stano congratulated Slovakian diplomat, Jan Kubis on his appointment as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Stano said that the Libyan crisis is currently at a turning point, calling for the UN–led mediation process to continue making progress towards a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned sustainable political solution.

“This is the only way to put a definitive end to the crisis, ensuring a transition in Libya and preserving the country as united, sovereign, and stable,” he noted.

The spokesman pointed out that the appointment of Kubis comes after a long vacancy of the post, and the EU wished to take this opportunity to also thank Acting Special Representative, Stephanie Williams for the “excellent work done during the critical past few months.”

He confirmed that the EU worked with Kubis for many years, including as the former EU Special Representative for Central Asia and more recently in the context of his UN functions in Iraq and in Lebanon. “We look forward to continue working closely with him and his new team on Libya and stand ready to continue providing strong support to the UN efforts,” Stano claimed