Berlin is ready to support your efforts

Berlin is ready to support your efforts
Berlin is ready to support your efforts

The German ambassador to Libya, Michael Unmacht, expressed, on Saturday evening, his aspiration to work with the new UN envoy to Libya, Abdullah Batili, hours after the latter was officially appointed to his post.

“I look forward to working with the new Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Mission, Abdullah Bathili,” Unmacht wrote in a tweet on his personal account on Twitter.

He added, “There is much to be done for Libya and the Libyans. Germany is ready to support your efforts.”

Earlier, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya said, in a statement, that the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, had appointed Abdullah Bateele of Senegal as his Special Representative in Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.

The eighth envoy

Batili’s assumption of the presidency of the UN mission came after a great rivalry until the last hours, between him and the former Tunisian foreign minister and former head of the UN mission in Mali, Mongi El-Hamdi, and former Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum.

According to the United Nations website, Batelli has more than 40 years of experience with his national government, academic institutions, regional organizations and the United Nations system.

The United Nations website indicated that Batelli worked in 2021 as an independent expert for the strategic review of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.

Prior to the appointment of Batelli as the eighth UN envoy in Libya, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, since December 2021, suffered a leadership vacuum after the resignation of its former head, the Slovakian Jan Kubis, who was exercising his duties from Geneva, before Batele became the eighth UN envoy since the revolution. February 2011.

Seven Special Representatives of the Secretary-General of the United Nations were counted, including four Europeans and two from the Middle East, since the outbreak of the Libyan crisis following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The last of these is the Slovakian diplomat, Jan Kubis, who was appointed in January 2021, and after 11 months he gave up the position and resigned in November, due to health conditions, he said.

The political scene now

Since last March 2022, two governments have been competing for power in Libya, one with an expired mandate and based in Tripoli, led by Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, and another in Sirte led by Fathi Bashagha, commissioned by the Nuba Council.

Libya was scheduled to hold presidential and legislative elections in December 2021 as the culmination of a peace process sponsored by the United Nations after violence in 2020.

But those elections were postponed until further notice due to differences between political opponents and tensions on the ground, with more armed confrontations recorded between rival militias in Tripoli.

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