NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council approved the appointment of veteran diplomat Jan Kubis as a UN envoy to Libya on Friday, diplomats said, nearly a year after the last mediator resigned. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had proposed that Kubis succeed Ghassan Salame, who resigned in March last year due to stress. Salame’s deputy, Stephanie Williams (NYSE :), has been interim dispatched from Libya. Kubis, a former Slovak foreign minister, is currently the UN’s special coordinator for Lebanon. He has also served as a UN special envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq. Kubis’s appointment comes after the Security Council approved in December a Guterres plan to appoint Bulgarian diplomat Nickolay Mladenov to the Libyan post. But a week later, Mladenov said he could not take office for “personal and family reasons.” Libya fell into chaos after the overthrow of NATO-backed leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. In October, the two main sides in the country’s war: the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army East-based (LNA)) – agreed to a ceasefire. Haftar is supported by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, while the government is backed by Turkey.
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