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What the new UN envoy to Libya should do first

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. 

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UNSMIL’s Kobler has Cairo meetings with Serraj and Eqyptian FM

New UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler Tweeted today that he had had a very good meeting in Cairo with Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry. It is understood that he also had talks with prime minister designate Faiez Serraj. 

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Picking up the pieces: Libya envoy faces tough job

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.

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The job goes on for ever-optimistic Leon

Bernardino Leon has been asked by UN Secretary general Ban Ki-moon to continue to his special envoy to Libya following the refusal of both the House of Representatives (HoR) and the General National Congress (GNC) to approve the government of national unity and the Dialogue agreement by the deadline set …

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Libya in limbo says Leon

While confessing that the Peace Accord was currently in limbo, UNSMIL Chief Bernardino Leon today indicated how the last disputed points in the deal will be passed on to the new unity government to sort out, the minute it is signed into office by the House of Representatives.

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Parliament fails to vote on UN peace plan

The presidency of Libya’s internationally recognized parliament on Monday rejected a peace deal and national unity government that UN Special Envoy Bernardino Leon presented to Libyan dialogue parties ten days ago in the Moroccan town of Skhirat.

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Libya rivals urged to sign peace deal, accept UN proposed unity government

World Leaders and the UN have urged Libya’s warring factions to approve a peace deal, after members of the rival parliament rejected a UN-proposed unity government, potentially scuppering attempts to end a year-long civil war.

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For Libya, ‘the First Step in a Long Journey’

The announcement by the United Nations’ envoy for Libya of a national unity government after months of talks is just the “first step in a long journey” for the North African nation plagued by chaos since the ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, says the Atlantic Council’s Karim …

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