Washington looking at "reforms" in the UN's mission to Libya before new representative is appointed

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 18 May 2020, 04:41 PM
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Washington has linked its opposition to the appointment of an Algerian diplomat to succeed Ghassan Salamé as UN envoy with the need to include major reforms in the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.

The American ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, said that Washington had reservations about nominating the veteran Algerian diplomat, Ramtane Lamamra  in an interview with the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper on Sunday.

The ambassador did not disclose details of these reforms, pointing to the start of discussions on this matter at the United Nations, so that his country can move quickly on the issue of the new leadership. This is the first time that Washington has spoken of the necessity of "reforming" the mechanism of the UN mission's work.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres did not talk about any reforms before proceeding with the appointment of a new envoy, but he pointed to "some difficulties" in obtaining a person who could win unanimity from all parties, saying that there were "consultations with some names", and they hope that he will allow It solved this problem very quickly.

The spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stephen Dujarric, described the issue of choosing a successor to Ghassan Salamé as a complex task, because it includes several member states of the United Nations as well as the United Nations Security Council.

The current UN Chargé d'Affaires Stephanie Williams was one of the names proposed for the succession of Salamé but she did not gain sufficient international support.

Currently, the United Nations is approaching the appointment of former Ghanaian Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh as Special Envoy to Libya, where the consultations have not witnessed any objections so far to her candidacy.



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