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UN envoy says Libya talks must end in 2 weeks

AP , Friday 28 Aug 2015
Bernardino Leon
File Photo: UN Special Envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon [AP]
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Talks to create a national unity government in Libya have moved forward without one of the main negotiating partners as negotiators emphasize the urgency of reaching an agreement.

U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon said Friday that talks would reconvene next week with each faction presenting candidates for the future prime minister and deputies.

He expected the Tripoli-based delegation, which skipped this round because of high profile resignations in its team, to propose names as well.

Leon said the hope is to wrap up final negotiations over the agreement and sign it within two weeks time.

Libya is split by two rival governments and dozens of independent warring militias, as well as elements of the radical Islamic State group.

It is also a major jumping off point for migrants to Europe.

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