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U.S. Senate confirms new ambassador to Libya

Washington - The United States Senate has confirmed Obama's choice as US Ambassador to Libya, Peter William Bodde. He will work out of Tunis, the capital of neighboring Tunisia.

Op-Ed: New UN envoy to Libya to restart talks on unity government

Tripoli - This is the first day on the job for veteran German diplomat Martin Kobler as Special Envoy from the UN to Libya. Kobler takes over from Bernardino Leon, who leaves under a cloud.

Op-Ed: Martin Kobler to replace Leon as UN Libyan envoy on November 17

New York City - As of tomorrow, November 17, veteran German diplomat Martin Kobler will assume his position as Special Representative of the Secretary-General(SRSG) and also Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Op-Ed: UN envoy Leon may not take high-paying job in UAE

New York City - There are signs that UN Special Envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon may be reconsidering his acceptance of a high-paying job as head of a diplomatic college in the UAE.

Op-Ed: UAE illegally shipped arms to Libya to support CIA-linked Haftar

Abu Dhabi - The UN Special Envoy to Libya became involved in conflict of interest after he was offered a high-paying job by the UAE while still a supposedly impartial head of dialogue talks to forge a peace agreement between the two rival Libyan governments.

Op-Ed: Ignoring reality UN urges Libyan parties to sign flawed agreement

Tripoli - As far as the UN Security Council is concerned the conflict of interest scandal faced by Bernardino Leon might as well not exist. In its most recent press release no mention is even made of the issue.

Op-Ed: Defense of Leon by Libyan diplomat shows Leon's bias

Tobruk - Ibrahim Dabbashi, the Libyan envoy to the UN, from the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR) government, came to the defense of Bernardino Leon the outgoing UN special envoy to Libya.

Op-Ed: Evidence for Leon's conflict of interest as head of Libya talks

New York - While working as UN special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon was also negotiating for a high-paying job with the UAE, a government that strongly supports the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR) government.

Op-Ed: UN Support Mission in Libya shows it cannot be trusted

Tripoli - The UN spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric announced yesterday that Special Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon will continue in his post until a transition to his successor German Diplomat Martin Kobler.

Op-Ed: GNC Libyan government wants explanation from UN of Leon's hiring

Tripoli - The General National Congress(GNC) Libyan government based in Tripoli has demanded an explanation from UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon for hiring Bernardino Leon, claiming he was biased against the GNC government.

Op-Ed: German diplomat to take over as UN special envoy in Libya

Tripoli - A veteran diplomat from Germany, Martin Kobler, will face the daunting task of taking over the peace talks from former UN Special Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon, who is leaving his post on Friday.

Op-Ed: UN special envoy to Libya had blatant conflict of interest

Tripoli - In a bizarre, almost incredible development, the UN Special Envoy to Libya who has spent a year arranging dialogue talks between the two rival Libya governments is suddenly quitting to take a well-paying job with the UAE.

Three foreign ministers meet to promote Libyan unity government

Algiers - The foreign ministers of Algeria, Egypt and Italy are meeting in Algiers. They will discuss the situation in Libya and attempt to devise a solution that will allow the two rival governments to accept a Government of National Accord to take power.

Op-Ed: Reports differ on helicopter crash near Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli - There are varying reports about the number on board the helicopter that went down and how many were killed, but there is also disagreement about whether the helicopter was even shot down.

Op-Ed: UN envoy in Cairo talks as 12 now dead in Benghazi shelling

Benghazi - The death toll from the shelling of a protest rally against the UN-brokered Libya Political Agreement(LPA) has now risen to 12 people dead and 39 wounded according to local medics.

Op-Ed: Attack on anti-UN demonstrators in Benghazi Libya kills 9

Benghazi - The death toll resulting from a mortar attack on demonstrators in Kish Square in Benghazi Libya rose to nine, with another 35 reported injured some seriously.

Op-Ed: Libya UN Special Envoy Bernardino Leon's term extended

Tripoli - The UN Special Envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, has been asked to continue his work even after the refusal of both rival governments in Libya to approve his final draft of the Libyan Political Agreement after a year of negotiations.

Op-Ed: UN envoy tries to force HoR Libya government to sign peace deal

Tobruk - The head of the UN Support Mission in Libya(UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon, claimed that the international community might not recognize the House of Representatives(HoR) unless the group approves the Libya Political Agreement(LPA) brokered by the UN.

Op-Ed: UN envoy responds to missed deadline for signing Libya peace deal

Tobruk - The mandate of the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR) based in Tobruk has now expired. Neither it nor the rival General National Congress parliament based in Tripoli have approved the UN-brokered Libya Political Agreement(LPA).

Op-Ed: UN deadline passes with no sign of a Libyan unity government

Tobruk - Many news reports claim that the parliaments of both rival Libyan governments have rejected the Libya Political Agreement(LPA), which would have formed a Government of National Accord(GNA) to take over as of today.

Op-Ed: Army chief Haftar pledges loyalty to Libyan HoR if it rejects LPA

Tobruk - CIA-Linked General Khalifa Haftar pledged his loyalty to the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR) government but only if they reject the Libya Political Agreement(LPA) brokered by UN special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon.

Op-Ed: UN threatens sanctions for blocking Libya Political Agreement

Tripoli - For a long time now the international community and the UN have been cheerleaders for the Libya Political Agreement(LPA) brokered by the UN special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon.

Op-Ed: No breakthrough on Libyan Political Agreement as deadline nears

Tripoli - Not long ago a meeting at the UN touted the new Libyan Political Agreement(LPA) that UN special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, negotiated with the two rival Libyan governments.

Op-Ed: Libyan government to vote on peace deal on last day of mandate

Tobruk - The internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR) government based in Tobruk, in eastern Libya, was supposed to vote on the final draft of the Libya Political Agreement(LPA) yesterday, October 12.

Op-Ed: Rival Libyan regimes both critical of Libya Political Agreement

Tripoli - Western leaders are the main cheerleaders for the proposed Libyan Political Agreement(LPA) and Government of National Accord(GNA) as well as the members of the government named by Bernardino Leon, the UN special envoy for Libya.

Op-Ed: Key members of Libyan Government of National Accord named

Skhirat - The UN has announced the names of key officials of the planned Government of National Accord(GNA) even though one of the two rival governments — the General National Congress(GNC) based in Tripoli — has not even submitted names as yet.

Op-Ed: English text of final Libya Political Agreement released

Tripoli - Bernardino Leon, the UN special envoy to Libya, had hoped that negotiators for the two rival Libyan governments would sign the final draft of the Libyan Political Agreement(LPA) at a special UN meeting on Libya on Friday. The agreement remains unsigned.

Op-Ed: UN special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon to be replaced

New York - The Libya Herald reports that Bernardino Leon the UN Special Envoy to Libya will be replaced by Martin Kobler, a German diplomat, in the coming weeks.

Op-Ed: Reality versus the multinational farce on Libya at the UN

New York City - There has been a high-level meeting on Libya at the UN in New York with representatives of over three dozen countries including the United States, Russia, China, the UK, Germany, France, and even Canada. The EU, AU, and Arab League had representatives.

Op-Ed: UN-sponsored Libya dialogue could extend beyond October 20

Tobruk - Special UN Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon, who is managing the talks between the two rival Libyan governments, expected the two governments' negotiators to return to Skhirat in Morocco, where the talks are being held, early this week.
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