German diplomat to the UN on Libya to take peace effort

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, October 29, 2015
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New York – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon intends to appoint Martin Kobler German diplomat, who headed the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, at the head of a peace effort fighting in Libya.

Ban Wednesday informed the Security Council of his decision in a letter, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.

Kobler succeed Bernardino Leon as Special Envoy for Libya as efforts to end years of unrest in the countries of North Africa have been executed on the obstacles

formation of a unity government.

The internationally recognized Libya’s parliament and backed Islamist Assembly rejected the latest UN proposals for power sharing.

A former German ambassador to Iraq and Egypt, Kobler led MONUSCO, the largest of the UN peace-keeping mission for the past two years.

The objections to the appointment

The 62-year-old former foreign ex-chief of staff German Minister Joschka Fischer has joined the United Nations in 2010, serving as deputy envoy for Afghanistan and later special representative in Iraq, 2011-2013.

Ban gave the council of 15 members until Friday to raise objections to the appointment, which should then be officially announced.

A national unity government in Libya is seen as the best chance to fight against the smuggling of migrants from Libya across the Mediterranean and the rise of Islamic State group.

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