Former Algerian Foreign Minister Withdraws Candidacy for UN Envoy to Libya – Al Marsad

Algerian diplomat Ramtane Lamamra announced today that he was withdrawing his initial approval of the proposal presented by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres for the post of Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

[Libya, 17 April 2020] – Ramtane Lamamra, the former Algerian Foreign Minister, told the Algerian press that he had been invited on 7 March by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to take the post. “I gave my agreement in principle in a spirit of commitment to the brotherly Libyan people as well as towards the international and regional organizations concerned with the resolution of the Libyan crisis,” according to the Russian agency Sputnik.

“However, the consultations carried out by Mr. Guterres since then do not seem likely to result in the unanimity of the Security Council and other actors, which is essential for the accomplishment of the mission to establish peace and national reconciliation in Libya,” Lamamra announced.

“Consequently, I intend to contact the UN Secretary-General in the next few hours to reiterate my thanks for choosing me and to express my regret at having to notify him of the withdrawal of my in-principle approval of his proposal that I had given on 7 March,” said the Algerian diplomat.

“I will avail myself of this opportunity to express to Mr. Guterres my sincere hopes for the success of the peace path that the international community must promote and achieve in Libya,” he concluded.

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