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Williams will continue as UN envoy to Libya

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NEW YORK – Bulgarian diplomat Nickolay Mladenov told U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres he will be unable to take up the role as United Nations Libya envoy next year due to “personal and family reasons,” a U.N. spokesman said on Tuesday.

Mladenov has been the U.N. Middle East envoy since 2015, charged with mediating between Israel and the Palestinians. The U.N. Security Council last week approved Guterres’s proposal to appoint Mladenov as Libya mediator and Norwegian Tor Wennesland to succeed Mladenov as Middle East envoy.

Mladenov told Guterres on Monday that when his current role finishes on Dec. 31 he will resign from the United Nations and “will not be able to take up the position as special envoy for Libya … for personal and family reasons,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

Acting Libya envoy Stephanie Williams will continue in the role, Dujarric said. Mladenov was due to replace Ghassan Salame, who stepped down as the U.N. Libya envoy in March due to stress.

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