UN says Libya rivals made progress in Tunis talks

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, October 2, 2017
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UN says Libya rivals made progress in Tunis talksRepresentatives of Libya’s rival authorities have made progress on amending a deal on a political transition for the North African country, the special UN envoy said on Sunday.

The UN envoy Ghassan Salame opened new talks in Tunisia between the rival Libyan administrations on Tuesday, less than a week after presenting a plan to end the chaos in the conflict-wracked country.

Years of political turmoil since the 2011 overthrow of long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi have left Libya divided between rival governments and beset by violence as militia forces battle for power.

A UN-backed agreement was reached in 2015 as the basis for a political process in Libya, and a unity government was formed with Fayez al-Sarraj as prime minister.

The Government of National Accord (GNA) took office in Tripoli in March 2016, and since then has extended its influence beyond the capital.

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