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The emissary for the Libya , the Slovak Jan Kubis, resigned from Its duties one month before a crucial presidential election for this country, without giving Tuesday to the members of the Official Reason Security Council to this departure suddenly.

"Mr. Kubis has resigned to the Secretary-General ( Antonio Guterres ) who accepted him with regret," said the United Nations Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric during his point. Daily press, stating that the UN chief worked to find a successor.

asked about the reasons for this resignation in the middle of the ford, as a delicate presidential election planned on December 24 and supposed to turn the page of a dozen years of war in Libya, the spokesman remained evasive .

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"This is a question you should ask him," he said.

"Mr. Kubis has clearly indicated that he did not slam the door today," he said, indicating that the emissary would do this Wednesday, as originally planned, his monthly presentation of the situation in Libya. The date of his effective departure was not arrested, suggested the spokesperson.

In the morning, the 15 members of the Security Council had been informed of his remission letter. Asked, the Deputy Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy, indicated that he had no idea of ​​the reason for this departure. "We try to have an explanation," he said to some media, including the AFP .

Ex-Foreign Minister of Slovakia and former UN emissary in particular in Lebanon between 2019 and 2021, Jan Kubis, 69, had taken office for Libya last January.

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since a UN strategic study this summer to the Security Council, calling for the transfer of the Geneva Emissar Post - where it had been installed in 2020 at the request of the United States of Donald Trump - towards Tripoli in Libya, it Renaled to continue his mission, according to several diplomats.


In September, the renewal of the United Nations political mission in Libya (Manul), which should have been extended by a year in a quasi-automatic way, had shot the case because of this question .

"Jan Kubis did not want to leave Switzerland's comfort for Libya," said AFP a diplomat under anonymity. "It can be understood. He has been a candidate on a job sheet including Geneva and change his place of assignment along the way," added another diplomat.

The supporting, Russia had threatened several times to use its veto right if a change was decided when renewing the mission. After three weeks of bonding iron arms with the United Kingdom, editor of the resolution on the extension of the mission and his boss, the Security Council had resolved at an extension ending on January 31.

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At the time, the divisions of the Council had weakened the weight of the international community in the face of Libyan actors, and the starting departure of the UN emissor adds a new element of instability to a precarious Libyan situation.

In 2020, Africa had multiplied in vain the pressures for the emissary post to come back to this continent. As a batch of consolation, a Zimbabwean had been appointed coordinator of the UN mission, based in Tripoli. With the departure of Jan Kubis, the African countries of the United Nations should go back to the niche to get the job.

The resignation of the UN emissary of the Libyan file occurs in the aftermath of the closure of the filing of the candidatures to the Libyan presidential election.

a hundred personalities have submitted a file including Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the former dictator Mouammar Gaddafi, Marshal Khalifa Hatar, a strong man of the East and part of the South Libyan, the ex. - Interior of Fathi Bachagha and the leader of the interim government, Abdelhamid Dbeibah.

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