New round of Libya peace talks to be held in Morocco  

Rabat, June 5 (IANS) The UN said on Friday that a new round of peace talks between the conflicting parties in Libya will be held this coming Monday in Morocco.

The meeting between the rival Tripoli and Tobruk governments will discuss a new draft political agreement that was reached in April, said the UN Support Mission in Libya (Unsmil) in a statement.

It hailed a recent decision by the Tripoli government to take part in the next round of dialogue, Xinhua news agency reported.

This round of peace talks would be decisive, the Unsmil said, urging Libya’s stakeholders to engage in the forthcoming session in a spirit of reconciliation and compromise to bring peace and stability to the North African country.

The mission has received thousands of messages from Libyans badly hit by the conflict about the deteriorating situation in their country, the statement added.

Libya, a major oil producer, has been witnessing a frayed political process after its leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled during the 2011 political turmoil.

The capital city of Tripoli fell to Libya Dawn last August. The Islamist militia established its own government to confront the internationally recognised one, currently in exile in the eastern town of Tobruk. The country is now deadlocked in a dogfight between the pro-secular army and Islamist militants.

The UN has brokered several rounds of dialogues between the opposing parties since September, but clashes continue despite a truce agreed on by the different factions.

 

 

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