Libya has blocked a UN plan to send more than 200 soldiers to the troubled country to guard UN staff, diplomats and officials said Monday.

The United Nations leadership received backing from the UN Security Council last month to to send a 235-strong guard force because of the mounting threat of attack on the UN mission in Tripoli.

The government at first agreed the plan and then objected to it as outside interference, officials said. Libya has been unsettled since the fall of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in late 2011. […]