NEW YORK (United Nations) – The Security Council, on Friday, gave the green light to the appointment of the UN representative in Lebanon, Slovak Jan Kubis, as the new envoy for Libya, diplomats said.
Aged 68, Jan Kubis was since January 2019 Special Coordinator for Lebanon. During his career, he led the UN mission in Iraq from 2015 to 2018 and that in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2015 after having been notably chief of diplomacy of his country from 2006 to 2009 and Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from 1999 to 2005.
Born on November 12, 1952, Jan Kubis speaks Slovak, Czech, English, Russian and elementary French.
In Lebanon, he quickly stood out with his frank and direct tone and his often virulent criticism of Lebanese leaders.
Proposed to the Council by the head of the UN, Antonio Guterres, he will have, in his new functions, to support a fragile ceasefire and confirm the total withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries from a war-torn country where interference is multiple.