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UN envoy calls on Libya's warring groups to end rifts

Iran Press TV

Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:21PM

The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya has urged the country's warring factions to agree to a power-sharing deal in an attempt to resolve the ongoing conflict in the North African state.

Bernardino Leon made the remarks during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on Wednesday.

'The time has come to make an agreement,' he said, adding, 'We can continue working for months and for years maybe to reach a perfect agreement, but Libya doesn't have the time.'

Referring to a proposed draft deal aimed at forming a national unity government in Libya, the UN envoy said, "The challenge is not only that they (Libya's rivals) agree on this draft, but that they agree soon," possibly before or at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The top German diplomat, for his part, noted that there is no more time to wait for another proposal from Leon.

The remarks come as representatives of Libya's warring sides are meeting with international officials in the German capital.

According to Germany's Foreign Ministry, Libya's envoys to the five permanent UN Security Council (UNSC) members as well as Spain, Italy and the European Union are among the attendants of Wednesday's talks.

Libya, which plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising, has two rival governments vying for control of the country, with one group controlling the capital city of Tripoli, and the other, the nation's internationally-recognized government, governing the eastern cities of Tobruk and Bayda.

Libya's elected government and parliament relocated to Bayda and Tobruk after an armed group based in the northwestern city of Misrata seized Tripoli in August 2014.

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