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Serraj: Russia a possible Intermediary with Haftar

By John Lee. The head of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli said on Sunday he would like Russia to help overcome deadlock in the country. Fayez Serraj told Reuters that Moscow might act as an intermediary between him and the eastern-based Khalifa Haftar, who was recently a guest on the Russian […]

Guterres: US blocking Libya Envoy was “Serious Mistake”

By John Lee. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (pictured) has said that the Trump administration’s decision to block a former Palestinian prime minister from leading the U.N. political mission in Libya was “a serious mistake.” Washington blocked the proposed appointment of Salam Fayyad saying t said it was acting to support Israel. Associated Press quotes Guterres […]

Video: Six years since the fall of Gaddafi

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. It has been six years since a popular uprising led to the fall of the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Libyans were hoping for an era of democracy, economic prosperity and social peace, but little […]

Kobler: “Opportunity should not be Wasted”

Speaking on the sixth anniversary of the Libyan Revolution, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General For Libya, Martin Kobler, has said the opportunity afforded by the Libyan Political Agreement should not be wasted: “Six years ago, Libyan women and men courageously embarked on the path of transformation and change. Their revolution toppled a dictatorship […]

US Blocks New UNSMIL Appointment

The United States has blocked the appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (pictured) to lead the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). In a statement, Ambassador Nikki Haley, the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said: “The United States was disappointed to see a letter indicating the intention to appoint the former […]

Libyan National Guard declared “Illegal”

The Presidency Council (PC) of the GNA has declared that the Libyan National Guard (LNG), launched last week as the Libyan radicals’ answer to Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), is illegal. The LNG supports the administration of Khalifa Ghwell in Tripoli. The United States has also expressed “serious concern” about reports that numerous tactical […]

European Council Conclusions on Libya

EU Foreign Affairs Council, 6 February 2017: 1. Efforts to stabilise Libya are now more important than ever, and the EU will do its utmost to contribute to that objective. The EU remains committed to an inclusive political settlement under the framework of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), and to supporting the Presidency Council (PC) […]

Former Palestinian PM to head UNSMIL

By John Lee. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres intends to nominate a former Palestinian prime minister as special envoy for Libya and head of UNSMIL. Salam Fayyad will take the place of Martin Kobler, who has been Libya envoy since November 2015. He was Palestinian Finance Minister from June 2002 to November 2005 and from March […]