October 21, 2021

Diplomatic sources say Russia has blocked the expansion of the UN mission in Libya.

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Diplomatic sources said on Tuesday that Russia had blocked the Security Council from renewing the UN’s political mission in Libya for a year, threatening international unity.

Moscow, which has the power to veto, did not approve the language in a resolution drafted by Britain on the withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries. Libya Sources said that the role of the UN envoy in the North African country.

The UN mission’s mandate expires at the end of Wednesday, and the Security Council plans to vote on a simple “technical rollover” by the end of the month to “resolve” the issue by then. ۔ Anonymity

When asked, the Russian diplomatic mission to the United Nations declined to comment, citing ongoing negotiations.

During the last Security Council debate on Libya, Russia insisted that the withdrawal of foreign troops be handled so as not to jeopardize the country’s balance of power.

Libya has been embroiled in violence and political turmoil since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

In recent years, the oil-rich country has been divided between two rival administrations backed by foreign powers and thousands of militias. Eastern powerful. Khalifa Haftar Russia had the support.

After the withdrawal of Haftar forces from the west of the country last year, the two camps signed a ceasefire in Geneva in October.

An interim administration was set up in March this year to prepare for the December 24 presidential and parliamentary elections.

But divisions quickly re-emerged, raising fears that the election would go ahead.

In a recent report, the United Nations also recommended that only one person lead its mission in the country.

In 2020, the United States imposed dual leadership on the advice of 14 other members of the Security Council: an ambassador to Geneva, Slovak John Kubis, and a coordinator based in the Libyan capital, Zimbabwe.

The United Nations recommends that there be only one ambassador to Tripoli, as in the past.

(AFP)

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