Libya peace talks continue after ‘positive’ start

The talks are aimed at reaching agreement on a unity government to replace the rival administrations, whose battle for power has left hundreds dead over the past six months.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sat 17 Jan 2015, 1:13 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:08 PM

UN-brokered talks on ending armed chaos in Libya continued for a second day Thursday in Geneva after a promising start despite being shunned by some groups.

“Discussions during the first session on Wednesday were constructive and were conducted in a positive atmosphere,” the UN mission in Libya said in a statement.

“There was a clear sense of determination among the participants to ensure that this dialogue succeeds.”

The North African nation has been gripped by civil conflict since the overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in a Nato-backed uprising in 2011, with rival governments and powerful militias battling for control of key cities and the nation’s oil wealth.

But UN special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon warned at the start of the talks Wednesday that they would be tortuous.

“We are not expecting to have a breakthrough tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,” said Leon, who is overseeing the dialogue.

The talks are aimed at reaching agreement on a unity government to replace the rival administrations, whose battle for power has left hundreds dead over the past six months.

They also seek to “put in place the necessary security arrangements for bringing about a total cessation of armed hostilities” and to “secure a phased withdrawal of all armed groups from all major towns and cities.”



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