UN envoy to Libya says he isn't allowed to land in Tripoli

AP News
Posted: Mar 23, 2016 6:37 AM

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Libya has complained that the Tripoli-based government has refused to allow him to land in the country's capital.

Martin Kobler says in a Twitter posting on Wednesday that he has had to cancel another flight to Tripoli because of this. He says that he "wanted to help pave the way to peace" and that the United Nations must be given access to the Libyan capital.

Kobler has been pressing Libya's rival parliaments — the one in Tripoli and a second, in the eastern region — to reconcile and accept a third, U.N.-back government that emerged from a December political agreement between Libya's factions from both parliaments.

The new, U.N.-backed government faced major challenges — including how to get into Tripoli, tentatively planned later this week.