Washington wants UNSMIL deputy seat
The US want an American candidate to replace Zimbabwean diplomat Raisedon Zenenga when he leaves his post as deputy head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in January.
With UN Special Envoy for Libya Jan Kubis stepping down on 10 December, negotiations to find a successor are escalating in New York. Antonio Guterres has appointed Kubis' predecessor Stephanie Wiliams as his special adviser to take over in the meantime.
By reviving efforts to stage a referendum on constitutional reform, the heads of the Tobruk House of Representatives and the High Council of State are trying to keep control of the crisis exit process even if it means undermining plans to hold elections at the end of 2021.
Armed forces from the west and east of Libya are due to set out the modalities of the permanent ceasefire agreed in Geneva on 23 October. But the devil is in the details and neither side is keen to withdraw from the Sirte-Jufra axis.
The five-star hotel owned by the businessman Marouane Mabrouk has been chosen as the venue for the latest round of Libyan negotiations, which will once again be overseen by the American diplomat Stephanie Williams.
UNSMIL has succeeded in getting new crisis exit negotiations under way on the back of the ceasefire negotiated between eastern strong man Haftar and the city of Misrata. The question of how to demilitarise Syrte and Jufra axis has still to be resolved, however.