Nicaraguan drops plans to become Libya's UN envoy

Fri Apr 1, 2011 8:16pm GMT

* D'Escoto to become Nicaragua's deputy UN envoy

* D'Escoto once called Reagan "butcher of my people"

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, April 1 (Reuters) - A former Nicaraguan foreign minister who was to become Libya's envoy to the United Nations has dropped those plans and instead will represent Nicaragua at the world body, U.N. officials said on Friday.

Nicaragua's U.N. mission has submitted a letter stating that Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, a fierce critic of the U.S. government who once served in a leftist Sandinista government, will become the Latin American country's deputy ambassador, U.N. officials told Reuters.

On Tuesday, Nicaragua had said D'Escoto would be Libya's U.N. envoy after most diplomats at the Libyan U.N. mission, including the ambassador and his deputy, defected from the government of Muammar Gaddafi in February and sided with rebels who launched an uprising.

Tripoli then appointed senior diplomat Ali Treki, a close associate of Gaddafi and former U.N. General Assembly president, as its U.N. envoy but he defected to the opposition as well after leaving Libya.

It was not clear when D'Escoto, a Catholic priest, would formally present his credentials to represent Nicaragua to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, though U.N. officials said it could be soon.

"It (the letter) says that he is to be appointed as the deputy permanent representative of Nicaragua to the U.N.," U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said. "The letter is being studied."   Continued...

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