UN envoy gives Libya parties peace deadline
Iran Press TV
Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:5AM
The United Nations (UN)'s envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, says there will be no more negotiations between the conflicting sides in the North African nation on forming a national unity government.
Leon made the statement during a press conference on Tuesday, saying that there now was a last chance for different parties in the country to accept a UN plan.
The warning came after talks in the Moroccan city of Skhirat were put on hold for the Eid al-Adha holiday.
Leon said he expected the rival administrations, the General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli and the country's internationally-recognized government ruling in the cities of Bayda and Tobruk, to make a final decision to embrace or reject the UN proposal when they return from the break on Sunday.
"In every negotiation and every process, there's a moment in which we have to be clear that the job is done," Leon said. "We have now a text, which is a final text... now it's up to the parties and participants in the dialogue to react to this text but not in terms of adding more comments or getting back with something to negotiate."
Talks have been held for months, with Leon trying to produce an agreement between the two sides that will lead to the formation of a government and an end to the militancy in the country.
Under the plan, a new Libyan government must take over within a month after an agreement is reached.
This is while the two sides have been demanding changes made to the text.
The recent rise in the presence of Takfiri Daesh militants has worsened the already complex situation in Libya. The country has been in conflict since the downfall of its former ruler Muammar Ghaddafi in 2011.
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