Russia Blocks UN Renewal Of Libya Mission
Gulf Today|September 16, 2021
UNITED NATIONS: Russia has deadlocked the Security Council over the one-year renewal of the United Nations (UN) political mission in Libya, threatening international unity ahead of a presidential election on Dec.24, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.

Moscow, which has veto-wielding power, did not approve the language in a resolution drafted by Britain on the withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries from Libya as well as the role of the UN envoy to the North African country, the sources said.

The mandate for the UN mission expires late Wednesday, and the Security Council planned to vote in the morning on a simple “technical rollover” until the end of the month in order to “resolve issues” by then, said a diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity. When asked, the Russian diplomatic mission to the UN refused to comment, citing ongoing negotiations.

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