UNSC to Finally Designate a UN Envoy and Coordinator to Libya – Al Marsad

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has agreed to name a new special envoy to Libya and a coordinator after more than 6 months of squabbling, diplomats said.

(Libya, 13 September 2020) – Western diplomatic sources said, according to the Qatari Al-Jazeera website, that the UNSC will vote next Tuesday on a new draft resolution to extend the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until 15 September 2021. The proposed draft resolution will also spell out the leadership structure of the UNSMIL into a special envoy concerned with diplomacy and a coordinator for daily operations.

The current mandate of the UNSMIL ends mid-September as per the UNSC’s Resolution 2486 on 12 September 2019.

The draft resolution says the UNSC has decided that “UNSMIL should be led by a Special Envoy of the Secretary-General … with a particular focus on good offices and mediation with Libyan and international actors to end the conflict.”

Under the envoy’s authority, “a UNSMIL Coordinator shall be in charge of UNSMIL’s day-to-day operations and management” of its roughly 200 staff, the text says. The Council will ask Secretary-General António Guterres to “appoint his Special Envoy without delay,” according to the document.

© Al-Marsad English (2020)