The former head of Algerian diplomacy Sabri Boukadoum will not be the next UN special envoy and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (Manul). The name of the Algerian diplomat was rejected after le refusal of the United Arab Emirates to validate his candidacy, presented by Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations. However, things had gone rather well for Sabri Boukadoum.
To fill this post left vacant by Jan Kubis, who resigned in November, Antonio Guterres proposed the name of the former Algerian minister after having had the agreement of the latter, as well as that of the Algerian authorities, including that of his friend longtime Ramtane Lamamra, current Minister of Affaires foreign.
With the support of the Algerian side, Antonio Guterres therefore submitted the Algerian’s candidacy to the fifteen members of the UN Security Council. But his proposal was refused by the United Arab Emirates, a non-permanent member of the UN which represents the Arab world.
“Only the United Arab Emirates refused,” a diplomat who requested anonymity told AFP. Asked about the reasons for the Emirati refusal, as well as the name of the next special envoy to Libya, the spokesman for the Secretary General of the UN, Stéphane Dujarric, did not wish to provide an explanation.
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According to several other diplomats interviewed by AFP, the Emirates explained that “Arab countries and Libyan parties had expressed their opposition” to the appointment of the former manager Algerian.