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UN members in Libya released after convoy ambushed

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) members whose convoy was ambushed near the town of Al-Zawiya are understood to be free and in a safe place.

Op-Ed: UN envoy's briefing on Libya to the UN Security Council

Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General gave an extensive briefing on the Libyan situation to the UN Security Council on June 7. This article is a commentary on some of the contents.

Op-Ed: Attack on Haftar air base in Libya kills at least 60 people

At least 60 are dead, in what some media are describing as a massacre, in an attack by the Third Force Battalion along with members of the Benghazi Defense Brigades on the Brak-al-Shati airbase 650 km south of Tripoli.

Op-Ed: Libyan High State Council names members of dialogue committee

The High Council of State (HCS) a mainly consultative body of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) chose 13 members to represent it in discussions by the Libyan dialogue to amend the Libya Political Agreement(LPA).

Op-Ed: UN Libyan envoy has six point plan for peace in Libya

Martin Kobler, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) yesterday tweeted the outline of a six-point "road map for peaceful Libya".

Op-Ed: Agreement if any between Libyan factions still not clear

There was no official statement after Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army associated with the eastern-based House of Representatives (HoR) government met with Faiez Serraj head of the Presidential Council (PC) of the rival GNA.

Op-Ed: UN envoy to Libya Martin Kobler to be replaced by Palestinian

The new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres plans to appoint former prime minister of the Palestinian authority, Salam Fayyad, as UN envoy to Libya. Diplomats say he wil take on the task of brokering talks to change the Libya Political Agreement (LPA).

Op-Ed: Libyan Political Dialogue claims it amended political agreement

Hammamet - According to a report from the Libya Observer, the Libyan Political Dialogue committee agreed to six proposals amending the Libya Political Agreement (LPA) that had been agreed to by an earlier Dialogue group at Skhirat Morocco back on December 17, 2015.

Op-Ed: Libya Political Dialogue meets in Tunisia without eastern members

The UN-brokered Libya Dialogue met in the town of Mammamet in Tunisia to assess the progress of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and discuss changing parts of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA).

Op-Ed: Libya's neighbors warn competing factions against military action

Meeting in Cairo on Saturday representatives from all of Libya's neighbors including Libya itself plus Tunisia, Niger, Chad, Algeria, Sudan, and Egypt warned Libya's factions not to settle their differences through military force.

Op-Ed: Interview with UN envoy to Libya on situation in Libya

The Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) was signed on the 17th of December nearly a year ago. In an interview for the Libya Herald, Martin Kobler, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) assesses the progress in implementing the LPA.

UN and others criticized by fired Libya ambassador to the UN

The ambassador, Ibrahim Dabbashi, had already been fired three times as ambassador to the UN. He was fired twice by the al-Thinni administration of the House of Representatives (HoR) government.

Op-Ed: UN envoy said to describe Libya's unity government as powerless

According to, Ali Gotrani, a member of the Presidency Council of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), the UN envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, said that the Libyan Political Agreement ended in deadlock and the Presidency Council is powerless.

Op-Ed: Libya Political Dialogue members convened by UN in Malta

Valetta - Today members of the Libyan Political Dialogue begin a two-day meeting whose aim is to end the political impasse in Libya and agree to the steps needed to advance the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA)

Op-Ed: London meeting on Libya supports Government of National Accord

London - In London, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry met with the Libyan Prime Minister Faiez Serraj, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, representatives from Italy, UAE, France, and Martin Kobler, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SSRG)

Op-Ed: UN envoy's recent statement on the situation in Libya

Niamey - At the 9th Ministerial Meeting of Libyan Neighbouring Countries in Niamey, Niger, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Martin Kobler, made a statement on the situation in Libya. This article comments on that statement.

Op-Ed: Larger role urged for municipalities at Libya meeting

Tripoli - More than 60 mayors, from the west and south of Libya met in Tripoli on Sunday to discuss the existing law concerning local governance. The group demanded more power to provide services to local residents.

Op-Ed: UN envoy's statement on situation in Libya from Geneva

Geneva - At the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) issued an extensive statement on recent developments in Libya.

General Haftar criticizes Martin Kobler UN envoy to Libya

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) , Martin Kobler, has been criticized by Khalifa Haftar and Ageela Saleh president of the House of Representatives (HoR) and rival government to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Op-Ed: UN envoy's statement to the UN Security Council on Libya

Martin Kobler, the UN envoy to Libya, briefed the UN Security Council today on the situation in Libya after forces of General Khalifa Haftar seized four oil ports from the Petroleum Forces Guard (PFG).

Op-Ed: UN refuses to condemn Haftar and support counter-attacks in Libya

Tripoli - In response to the seizure of four oil ports in the oil crescent by the Libyan National Army commanded by General Khalifa Haftar, Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) has issued several statements.

Op-Ed: Meetings in Tunis to solve Libyan crisis end with no result

The Libyan Political Dialogue, the group that approved the Libya Political Agreement (LPA) in December of 2015 in Skhirat Morocco have just finished two days of talks to try to find a way to create a unified government over the entire country.

Op-Ed: Libyan Presidency Council meets today to select new cabinet

Tripoli - The Presidency Council (PC) of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) is meeting today (August 28) to choose eight new ministers to present for a vote of confidence to the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR)

Op-Ed: Western countries pressure Libya to form unified government

Stuttgart - You would never know that the UN-backed Government of National Accord had just suffered the defeat of a vote of confidence in the government by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR)

Op-Ed: UN and most countries ignore results of negative vote in Libya

Tobruk - Finally after many meetings in which there was no quorum or no vote was taken due to disruptions, the Tobruk-based House of Representives (HoR) met and took a confidence vote in the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Op-Ed: House of Representatives rejects Libyan unity government

Tobruk - After many meetings which either lacked a quorum or were disrupted, today the House of Representatives (HoR) met in Tobruk and held a vote of confidence in the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Op-Ed: UN envoy to Libya claims support for unity government crumbling

Tripoli - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Libya, Martin Kobler, told the Swiss Neue Zuercher Zeitung support for the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) is crumbling amid increasing power outages and a falling currency.

Op-Ed: More problems arise to block Libyan oil exports

Tripoli - An agreement between UN envoy to Libya Martin Kobler and Ibrahim Jodhran, head of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG), has been denounced by the chair of the National Oil Company (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla.

Increasing export of Libyan oil demands agreement from tribes

Benghazi - Tribes who control eastern oilfields said any agreement between Ibrahim Jodhran, head of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG), and UN envoy Martin Kobler to reopen oil exporting ports does not cover their areas of oil production and pumping.

Op-Ed: United Nations statement on Tunis Libyan Dialogue talks

Tunis - Now that the Libyan Political Dialogue talks held in Tunis from July 16 to 18 are over, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya has issued a press release.
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