Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, renewed his accusation that the United States is blocking the appointment of a new UN special envoy to Libya, stressing the need to resolve this issue and appoint the new special envoy as soon as possible, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.
Lavrov said during his press conference with his Italian counterpart, Luigi Di Maio, on Wednesday, "I would like to confirm our full agreement on the necessity of resolving the issue of appointing a new special envoy as soon as possible. This position has been vacant since last March."
He added, "It is no secret to anyone that the main obstacle is the position of the United States, which is trying to obstruct the actions of the Secretary-General, who, according to his mandate, should have taken the appropriate decision long ago and presented it to the Security Council."
Earlier, Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, said that the situation in Libya is getting more complicated due to the resignation of the former special envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ghassan Salame, calling on the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, to not hesitate to appoint a new special envoy for Libya. .
The Russian diplomat considers, that the continuing vacancy of the position "undermines the efforts aimed at a peaceful settlement in Libya."
Last month, the UN Security Council agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya for an additional year after the leadership was restructured in the mission, through the creation of the two posts of "Special Envoy", whose mission will focus on the mediation and peace process.