UN: Williams will continue in Libya envoy position

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 22 Dec 2020, 11:07 PM
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The Acting Special Representative of the UN secretary-general in Libya, Stephanie Williams, "will continue in her post," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, said on Tuesday evening, after the candidate for the post, Bulgarian Nikolai Mladenov, said he was unable to take the post.

Bulgarian diplomat Nickolay Mladenov has informed United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that he will be unable to take up the role of Libya envoy next year, a UN spokesman said Tuesday.

Dujarric added that Williams "will continue in this role" at the head of UNSMIL, without providing further information, according to Reuters.

Mladenov was due to replace Ghassan Salame, who stepped down as the U.N. Libya envoy in March due to stress.

Mladenov has been the UN envoy for the Middle East since 2015 and has been in charge of mediating between Israeli's and Palestinians. The UN Security Council last week approved Guterres ' proposal to appoint Mladenov as special envoy to Libya and Norwegian Tor Wennesland  to succeed Mladenov as Middle East envoy.

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