UN set to reduce staff in Libya

Published July 10th, 2014 - 07:00 GMT

The UN will reduce its staff in Libya over "unspecified security concerns," according to Agence France Presse Thursday.

Dozens of staff members from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya will leave their posts based on what UNSMIL spokesman Samir Ghattas has described as a decision "under study for months but not linked to any specific threat."

It is not yet clear how many people at UNSMIL will be affected by the reduction. It is also not clear how the mission's operations will be affected.

According to the AFP report, Ghattas said UNSMIL's work would "definitely be affected" but that the agency "will do our best... to continue our mission."

UNSMIL was established in 2011 to help Libyan authorities transition the country after the oust and fall of former dictator Moammar Gaddafi. 

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