The United Nations envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, whose term has ended, said on Thursday that he will seek a clarification about a news report suggested that the Emirates breached a UN-imposed embargo by sending weapons to Libyan factions during his term.
The New York Times published a report including emails appears to be from an Emirati diplomat in which he confesses his country “breached a resolution of the Security Council concerning Libya, and it continues”.
The new report is expected to cause embarrassment for the UN envoy, who lately defended himself against allegations of interest conflict after he accepted a well paid post as the head of a diplomatic academy in the Emirates.
Leon’s new role includes coaching Emirati diplomats. “I have decided to request a full clarification of the issue, including from the United Arab Emirates authorities, as I take time to reflect on the next steps in my professional career”, said the Spanish diplomat.
The German diplomat, Martin Kobler, is expected to replace Leon soon. The Guardian was the first to publish details about the post and emails, including negotiations between Leon and the Emirates that were sent while mediating for the Libyan crisis.
Two rival government supported by armed groups fight over control in Libya.
The Security Council imposed arms embargo on Libya in 2011 when Gaddafi forces suppressed pro-democracy demonstrators. Leon explained that he doesn’t support allegations of Emirates’ violation of the decision.
“Given the inaccurate or false information we have seen in previous months regarding the process in Libya and the UN and my role, I believe it is imperative to be extremely cautious about the most recent reports,” Leon said.
Leon expressed that there is no more important thing than abiding by UN resolutions. The New York Times reported that Emirati officials refused to comment on the leaked emails.