Video Duration 24 minutes 50 seconds
From: Inside Story

Have UN-led talks in Libya been compromised?

Outgoing UN envoy forced to defend decision to accept job in the UAE.

For the past year and a half, rival militias loyal to rival governments in Libya, have been fighting what has been described as a low-level civil war.

And the UN’s envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, has been trying without success, to push the two sides to form a unity government.

But now Leon’s work has been thrown into doubt, after it was revealed he had been negotiating a high-paying job in the United Arab Emirates.

The Gulf country is a backer of the UN-recognised government in Tobruk. And its rival in Tripoli says the revelation undermines the UN envoy’s impartiality.

So, what will this mean for the UN led talks to form a unity government? And will the new UN envoy be able to restore trust between all sides?

Presenter: Jane Dutton


Anas El Gomati – Director of the Tripoli-based Sadeq Institute.

Mohamed Eljarh – Fellow for Atlantic Council’s Hariri Centre for the Middle East.

Riccardo Fabiani – Senior Analyst on North Africa for Eurasia Group.