28 Apr 2020 17:06

Lavrov insists on swift appointment of UN envoy for Libya

MOSCOW. April 28 (Interfax) - Moscow is calling on the United Nations secretary general to appoint a new special representative for Libya as soon as possible, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"I cannot fail to mention that the position of the UN secretary general's special envoy for Libya has been vacant for over a month now. Ghassan Salame, who invested a great deal of effort in fulfilling his mandate to no avail, unfortunately, resigned, and the post has remained vacant for nearly two months now," Lavrov told a press conference in response to a question posed by Interfax.

"I think that for UN Secretary General Mr. [Antonio] Guterres, it is absolutely necessary to appoint a new special representative in the very near future," he said.

It is the general conviction that this post should be taken up by a representative from Africa, Lavrov said.

"There are such candidates, we know them well. These are experienced, authoritative people. So, we're calling on the UN secretary general to fill this vacancy as soon as possible," he said.