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Libya’s new UN envoy to assume office in February

TRIPOLI – The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres officiant announced on Monday the appointment of Ján Kubiš of Slovakia as his Special Envoy on Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

The Slovakian diplomat will assume office in February, according to a statement by UNSMIL.

Kubiš served as Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) since 2019.

He was previously the Director of OSCE’s Conflict Prevention Centre and worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the former Czechoslovakia from 1976 to 1992 and thereafter at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia. 

In 1993 he served as Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva.

Kubiš is a graduate in international economic relations of the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs and speaks Slovak, Czech, English, Russian and basic French, according to the UN statement.

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