UN: Libya envoy resigns amidst mediation challenges


The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily has tendered his resignation to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

On Tuesday, Bathily expressed his decision, citing significant challenges in his mediation efforts.

He lamented that his attempts to foster dialogue and address concerns were met with “stubborn resistance, unreasonable expectations, and indifference to the interests of the Libyan people.”

Bathily, who assumed his role in September 2022, highlighted the crucial need for Libyan leaders to reach a political settlement through negotiations and compromise.

He stressed the importance of prioritizing the aspirations of the 2.8 million registered Libyan voters over the narrow interests of a select few.

The resignation of Bathily raises concerns about the trajectory of UN mediation efforts in Libya and the ongoing quest for political stability in the conflict-ridden nation.

With Bathily’s departure, questions arise regarding the continuity of UNSMIL’s leadership and the future direction of diplomatic initiatives aimed at resolving the crisis in Libya.

The timing of Bathily’s formal resignation remains unspecified, leaving uncertainties about the transition process and potential successors to lead UNSMIL.


Africanews/Hauwa M.

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