Martin Kobler has taken on the role of the UN secretary-general’s special representative in Libya, and he faces a daunting task: overcoming his predecessor’s betrayal of the country’s trust.
Martin Kobler, the new UN special envoy for Libya, has his work cut out. The 62-year-old seasoned German diplomat began his new job on Tuesday after his predecessor departed under something of a cloud, leaving Kobler to pick up the pieces of the UN peace plan.
Warring factions in Libya show little regard for civilian life, says UN, reporting ‘gross’ rights abuses
Libya continues to be embroiled in political strife and deadly violence – with all parties committing possible war crimes amid multiple armed conflicts affecting several regions and contributing to a general breakdown of law and order, according to a new United Nations human rights report released today.
One of the leading mujahideen commanders in Derna, Colonel Mohamed Bughafir, was killed this afternoon in fighting in Fataieh district south east of the town, according to reports. The area, still held by Islamic State (IS), was hit by US air strike yesterday, with 10 IS militants killed.
The UN’s outgoing Libyan envoy said on Thursday that he will seek “full clarification” from United Arab Emirates authorities following reports of leaked emails that suggest the country was shipping arms to its allies in Libya in knowing violation of a UN arms embargo.
Wershefana and Zawia have today agreed a truce and prisoner exchange which should lead to the reopening of the Coastal Road.
Violent clashes between Libya army forces and militants continued overnight and throughout the day in Benghazi’s Leithi, Garyunis and city centre districts with, once again, randomly fired missiles smashing into residential areas.
The Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni, has flown to the UAE for the Dubai Air Show. He arrived yesterday accompanied by by the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan armed forces, Major-General Abdul Razak Al-Nazhuri, and a small team.
According to Tunisia’s interior ministry ISIS in Libya has been preparing training camps near Tunisia’s borders.
A helicopter from Libya’s Tripoli-based government was shot down on Tuesday, killing at least nine passengers, an official said, blaming the rival, internationally recognised administration, which denied the accusation.