Nicholas Kay Could Be Possible Replacement for Ján Kubiš as UN Special Envoy for Libya – Al Marsad

With the sudden announcement yesterday of the resignation by Ján Kubiš, the United Nations has proposed the idea of ​​appointing British diplomat Nicholas Kay as immediate replacement for the position of UN envoy to Libya.

According to the Reuters, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that Kubiš decided to resign less than a year after he took up the role and a month before planned elections in the country, stressing that the UN Secretary-General António Guterres had accepted Kubiš’s resignation “with regret”.

It was not immediately clear why Kubiš was stepping down. Dujarric said the resignation “did not come as a complete surprise”, but did not give further details.

When asked when Kubiš would leave, Dujarric said: “Mr Kubiš has made it clear that he’s not slamming the door today.” “He, more than anyone, does not want to have the mission destabilized in any way, shape, or form,” he said.

Dujarric added that Guterres is working on a suitable alternative and that the UN electoral calendar and are working as quickly as possible to ensure continuity of leadership.


Furthermore, according to diplomats who spoke to Reuter on condition of anonymity,  the UN was informally suggesting veteran British diplomat Nicholas Kay as a replacement. Such an appointment would have to be approved by consensus by the 15-member UN Security Council

Nicholas Kay

Born in 1958, Nicholas Kay is said to be well known to the United Nations, having served as UN Special Representative for Somalia from 2013-2016. Prior to Somalia, he was Africa Director at the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a position he has held since 2012. He also served as Ambassador to the Republic of the Democratic of the Congo and the Sudan from 2007 to 2010 and 2010 to 2012. He was also the UK’s Regional Coordinator for Southern Afghanistan and Head of the Provincial Reconstruction Team for Helmand Province from 2006 to 2007.

In his earlier career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Kay served in policy and country positions in London, as well as overseas in Spain and Cuba.