UN searching for new Libya envoy after US blocks Lamamra appointment

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

NEW YORK – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has begun searching for a new envoy to Libya, diplomatic sources told AFP on Wednesday, after the United States refused to endorse the previous candidate.

Former Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra, was reported to be UN’s candidate to replace Ghassan Salamé, who resigned earlier this year.

However, the US increasingly posed “questions” about his candidacy, even though “everyone else” supported him, a diplomat said.

On Wednesday, during a closed-door meeting on Libya, a UN official told AFP that Guterres had launched a search for a new candidate.

Guterres “is working hard to make a proposal,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

The US mission to the UN gave no further explanation for opposing Lamamra, 67, who served as Algeria’s Foreign Minister from 2013 to 2017 and as African Union commissioner for peace and security from 2008 to 2013.


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