UN Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame announced unexpectedly he is resigning from his position. Salame, a former Lebanese politician and professor of political science in France, has worked tirelessly to bring an end to the fighting in Libya since 2017 when he took over the role.
Salame noted that his “health no longer allows this rate of stress” and asked UN Secretary General Guterres to relieve him of his post. Salame managed to convene the sides and the major regional and international actors to Berlin, followed by a series of military, economic and political talks while in the background, a Russian/Turkish ceasefire teeters on the brink of collapse. While just over a month has passed since launching the renewed process, there has not been a clear positive outcome, despite some limited progress in a few areas.
Salame, just last week, said he did not have the support he needed, and expressed disappointment that the international powers “who have many ways of putting pressure on those who violate the ceasefire, on those who violate the arms embargo, on those who do not come to Geneva political talks, on those who give orders to sabotage the military or political talks” did not do what they needed to. Salame was also reportedly highly frustrated with the European powers not taking an active role, until recently, and with those who violated the arms embargo, especially Turkey and the UAE, even after recommitting to upholding this after the Berlin conference.