Mladenov turns down offer to lead UN mission in Libya

Bulgarian diplomat has taken the choice on account of ‘personal and family reasons’, UN spokesperson says.

Bulgarian diplomat Nickolay Mladenov has turned down a suggestion to steer the UN mission in conflict-stricken Libya, in line with a UN spokesman.

Mladenov advised UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday he wouldn’t take up the place of particular envoy for the North African nation “for personal and family reasons”, stated UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Tuesday.

“Mr Mladenov told the Secretary-General in a letter that he had taken this decision for personal and family reasons,” Dujarric stated.

The introduced got here because the 48-year-old’s time period because the UN particular envoy for the Middle East Peace Process, a place he has occupied since 2015, was set to run out.

Before that, he was the highest UN envoy in Iraq, and had served as Bulgaria’s overseas minister from 2010 to 2013 and within the European Parliament from 2007 to 2009.

He took the job a couple of months after the tip of the deadliest, most harmful battle between Israel and Hamas within the besieged Gaza Strip.

In latest years, Mladenov, alongside different mediators from Egypt and Qatar, performed a big position defusing quite a few rounds of cross-border violence that threatened one other battle between Israel and Hamas.

He was to switch Ghassan Salame, the previous UN envoy for Libya, who resigned in March amid fierce preventing between Libya’s rival sides over the capital, Tripoli.

UN performing envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams will proceed main the mission in Libya, and the UN would proceed the seek for Salame’s substitute, stated the UN spokesman.

There have been objections to 2 earlier solutions, and the US then insisted the job be cut up between a particular envoy dealing with the diplomacy and somebody to run the UN operation.

The African group within the Security Council had wished an African within the diplomatic job however agreed to the second spot working the operation.

The UN introduced the appointment on Wednesday of Raisedon Zenenga of Zimbabwe as assistant secretary-general and mission coordinator of the UN help mission in Libya.

Libya descended into chaos after the NATO-backed overthrow of chief Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

In October, the 2 main sides within the nation’s battle – the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) and Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) – agreed to a ceasefire.