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UN extends Libya mission for 3 months at Russia’s insistence

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The UN Security Council voted on Thursday to extend its political mission in Libya, but at Russia’s insistence for only three months rather than a year-long mandate. The council’s three African members abstained to protest Russia’s blocking the longer extension they say is needed to help the divided country move to elections and stability. Russia’s deputy ambassador, Dmitry Poyansky, reiterated Moscow’s position that the UN mission must get a new special representative before it has a longer mandate. UN special envoy Jan Kubis resigned last 23 November after 10 months on the job, and a number …

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