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World Libya: the untraceable successor of Salamé as UN special envoy

05:25  29 september  2020
05:25  29 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Russia Welcomes Libya Deal on Oil Exports, Revenue Distribution

  Russia Welcomes Libya Deal on Oil Exports, Revenue Distribution (Bloomberg) -- Russia said it welcomed a contested deal that would allow Libya to resume oil exports halted by a blockade at the start of the year, with revenue distributed across the divided nation. Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq reached the accord last week at a meeting in Sochi, Russia, with military commander Khalifa Haftar’s son and representatives from oil-rich eastern Libya. They also agreed to form a special commission to resolve conflicts. Haftar’s forces locked down fields and ports in January.

The UN 's special envoy for Libya has resigned saying his efforts to bring peace in the North African country was damaging his health. Ghassan Salame tweeted that "my health no longer allows this rate of stress". Talks between the UN -backed government based in the capital, Tripoli, and fighters loyal to

The UN special envoy for Libya , Ghassan Salamé , reiterated a warning that Libya might descend into an all-out civil war leading to a partition of the country if the conflict is not resolved. Salamé also condemned the widespread violation of the arms embargo and the global community's "lack of unity

L'ancien envoyé spécial de l'ONU pour la Libye, Ghassan Salamé, à Genève le 6 février 2020. © REUTERS / Denis Balibouse The former UN special envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salamé, in Geneva on February 6, 2020.

For seven months, Libya has been awaiting the appointment by the United Nations of a new special envoy to succeed Ghassan Salamé and the interim who took over the post Stéphanie Williams. This country, torn between two powers, and which has lived in chaos since 2011, is going through a delicate period after the announcement of a ceasefire last month which needs to be consolidated ...

At the end of September, the American Stéphanie Williams, acting special correspondent, must leave her post. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is stepping up efforts to find a successor, but difficulties persist.

Turkey will keep supporting Libya's GNA despite Sarraj plan to quit

  Turkey will keep supporting Libya's GNA despite Sarraj plan to quit Turkey will keep supporting Libya's GNA despite Sarraj plan to quitIn June, Turkish military support helped Sarraj's Government of National Accord (GNA) repel an assault on Tripoli by Khalifa Haftar's eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), which is supported by Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

"We are not talking about Salame 's successor yet," the source said. "So far, we are talking about an acting On Monday, Salame announced via Twitter that he would resign from his post as Special UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric later confirmed that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had

UN envoy attacks lack of 'moral motivation' to end Libyan war. Salamé , an experienced Lebanese diplomat, said the conflict was likely to grow more vicious without any need for external funding, and it was likely to mutate and create a corridor for migrants and terrorists that would threaten Libya ’s

This time around, it is the turn of the African countries present at the Security Council to block the nomination. The candidacy approved by the Americans does not suit them. According to a diplomat, they are asking for an African to fill the post of UN special envoy to Libya. But Washington has already obstructed twice an African candidacy.

Antonio Guterres had, as early as last March, proposed the name of former Algerian foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra . There was consensus on his candidacy, but Washington opposed it and blocked it, and the person threw in the towel himself.

In June, it was against the candidacy of former Ghanaian foreign minister Hanna Tetteh that Washington was again accused of obstructing. The name of Teteh had nevertheless gained consensus in the Security Council.

Today, it is African countries that would oppose the candidacy supported by the United States for this post. This is the Bulgarian Nicolaï Mladenov, 48 years old. Since February 2015, the latter has served as the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

Don't let the Abraham Accords become the Arms Sales Accords .
The world can't afford another Middle East arms race, writes arms-control expert William D. Hartung, amid speculation that the UAE and Bahrain deals to recognize Israel will open the door to more US weapon salesThe normalization agreement between Israel and the UAE, dubbed formally as the "Abraham Accords," could potentially spark a new Middle East arms race. Given the multiple conflicts already raging in the region, all fueled by imported arms, that cannot be allowed to happen.

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