Nicaraguan to represent Libya at UN: Ortega
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 14:27
Managua: The regime of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi has named former Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel D'Escoto as its representative to the United Nations, a presidential spokesman has said in Managua.

President Daniel Ortega's government said Libya made the decision on the belief that Ali Triki was unable to obtain a US visa to take his seat at the United Nations in New York.

D'Escoto "is authorized" to speak on behalf of Libya at the United Nations, according to a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon by the Libyan authorities in Managua, according to Ortega's wife and spokeswoman Rosario Murillo.

The Nicaraguan diplomat is an adviser to Ortega on international affairs.

Ortega has defended Gaddafi during UN-backed coalition military strikes aimed at protecting Libyan civilians.

Libya's UN representation became an issue when Libya's UN envoy Mohammed Shalgham defected and condemned Gaddafi.

Gaddafi then replaced the envoy with Triki, a former foreign minister, who has not yet presented his credentials for recognition to the United Nations.

Ortega's government said Triki has been denied a visa by the United States.

US State Department spokesman Mark Toner on March 25 was asked about the issue and said "I don't have any information about whether his visa has been issued or whether he's not been issued a visa."

But Toner said there are no official interactions between Washington and Tripoli.

"I think we were pretty clear that we suspended operations with the Libyan embassy here in light of our suspension of operations in Libya. But I don't have any further details on the UN mission," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 14:27

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