New UN envoy to Libya get support offer from Spain

The Spanish government sent its congratulations to Abdoulaye Bathily on being selected to serve as the next Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Libya and as the leader of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Bathily, who was born in Senegal, was given the position earlier this month by António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Bathily succeeded Ján Kubi, who was from Slovakia.

In a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Pedro Sanchez wished Abdoulaye Bathily "the greatest success in the performance of his duties." For this, it offered him "its full support and loyal collaboration, as it has done with his predecessors in office." AbdoulayeBathily is the new Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In addition to this, it acknowledged Stephanie Williams, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Libya, for "the enormous effort and good work" she has done in advocating for a peaceful resolution to the situation in Libya.

In addition, the Spanish government reaffirmed its resolve to continue providing assistance to the people of Libya as well as the United Nations in their quest to "achieve a political and definitive solution that guarantees the unity and national reconciliation necessary to overcome the political, economic, and security crisis in which Libya finds itself."

The resources, skills, and strategic interests of Spain underpin the country's political participation in the United Nations. In spite of changes in its domestic political landscape and the difficulties it has had to overcome, the article addresses Spain's commitment level and the consistency of its participation in the conflict. 

About Security Council, Libya,

The Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) by three months, until 31 October 2022, as members stressed the need to designate a Mission Head to help the nation and considered extending the mandate for a longer duration.

Adopting resolution 2647 (2022) by a vote of 12 in favor to none against, with three abstentions (Gabon, Ghana, Kenya), the Council reiterated its decision that UNSMIL should be led by a Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Tripoli and urged the Secretary-General to appoint one promptly.

The Council also urged Libyan institutions and authorities to adopt confidence-building measures for successful presidential and parliamentary elections.

The Council also urged the parties to avoid measures that may undermine the political process or the 23 October 2020 ceasefire, and it requested that all Member States comply fully with the 2011 weapons embargo.

The resolution further requires that the Secretary-General report to the Council every 30 days.

After the vote, Ghana and Kenya said the Council failed to show its commitment to the Libyan people with another technical rollover. Both remembered the Libyan people's anger, expressed by their ambassador on July 25, and said today's outcome is another disappointment. Ghana's ambassador noted that the Secretariat has said short mandates discourage Special Representative applicants.

The UK delegate echoed her African counterparts' unhappiness with the three-month mission. She said their abstentions from today's vote were reasonable since Russia's reluctance to join a consensus on a longer mandate goes against Libya, the region, and the UN.

The Russian Federation's delegate said the resolution was "the only feasible compromise at this time." He also noted that UNSMIL "being headless for so long" restricts the instruments at its disposal to facilitate Libyan dialogue. After a leader is appointed, the Mission's mission will be extended.