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Ki-Moon assigns Kobler while Leon might stay longer


United Nations Security Council, Ban Ki-Moon, has approved the appointment of the German diplomat Martin Kobler to Libya, say diplomats.

UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, said in a message that he intends to UN’s current envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon with Kobler. Ki-Moon’s note didn’t expose the start date for Kobler.

Leon is due to leave his post in November 6th, but his term might be extended if a sudden breakthrough in mediation talks were to occur, UN source said.

Libya witness instability and confrontation between 2 governments; one is allied with the House of Representatives (HoR) and the other located in Tripoli and supported by the General National Congress (GNC). Armed militias support both sides.

After months of negotiations, Leon submitted a formation for the Government of National Accord (GNA), but extremists in both sides refused to share power while talks reached a dead end road.

Leon said, last week, that negotiations continue between sides, and warned leaders of small groups of stumbling the peace talks and the formation of the new government.

Kobler dealt with tough cases in the UN. He headed the UN peace mission in Congo, he worked as the UN special envoy to Iraq and the UN representative to Afghanistan as well.