UN envoy to Libya reflecting on accepting UAE job after conflict of interest questions

The U.N. envoy to Libya says he is reflecting on whether to accept a government-funded job in the United Arab Emirates following questions about a conflict of interest with his current job trying to get the feuding parties in Libya to agree to a peace deal.

The UAE is backing Libya's internationally recognized government. The rival Islamist-backed government expressed shock at Leon's decision to take the UAE job, saying it threatens efforts to form a unity government.

Leon said in a statement late Thursday following new conflict of interest allegations that he is seeking "a full clarification of the issue," including from UAE authorities, and reflecting on his future.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Friday that the U.N. "will await the outcome" of Leon's clarifications and reflection.