U.N. Security Council to Discuss Developments in Libya on May 26

U.N. Security Council’s Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs said there will be a session on developments in different countries including Libya on May 26.

The Security Council will discuss protection of civilians in conflicts and food security in Libya, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Lebanon, Ukraine and Middle East.

Recently, the Security Council said it was concerned the most about instability in Libya and the return to civil war, outlining other concerns about the flow of weapons, fighters and migrants to Europe, as well as how the country can benefit from its oil wealth in a fair manner

Earlier, the U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to extend the UN political mission in Libya for three months, with the United States and Britain accusing Russia of blocking a longer and more substantive mandate that would include promoting reconciliation of the country’s rival governments now claiming power.

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Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Moscow insisted on a three-month extension to pressure UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to urgently appoint a new special representative to head the mission, known as UNSMIL.

The former UN special envoy, Jan Kubis, resigned on November 23 after 10 months on the job.

Nebenzia said in the absence of a new envoy, the UN mission has been unable to provide substantial support for the political process in Libya for more than six months.

He blamed some unidentified members of the Security Council who he claimed are not ready to accept a scenario where UNSMIL is guided by an African representative, saying their opposition is non-constructive and a manifestation of neo-colonialism.

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