Rival Libya parliaments in `positive` UN-led peace talks

Delegates from Libya`s rival parliaments held indirect talks Wednesday aimed at ending months of instability in the violence-plagued country that were "positive and constructive," the UN mission said.

AFP| Last Updated: Feb 12, 2015, 07:05 AM IST

Tripoli: Delegates from Libya`s rival parliaments held indirect talks Wednesday aimed at ending months of instability in the violence-plagued country that were "positive and constructive," the UN mission said.

United Nations Support Mission in Libya chief Bernardino Leon, who shuttled between the two teams, told a televised news conference the talks would resume within days.

Leon "shuttled all day between the two delegations who were in separate rooms, and he didn`t manage to convene them around the same table," a participant said, asking not to be named.

The talks, the first of their kind involving Libya`s internationally recognised government and the rival General National Congress (GNC), were held in the southern oasis town of Ghadames.

UNSMIL said participants agreed on the need to reach a "speedy political solution to prevent further security and political deterioration and end the institutional division that threatens the country`s unity."

The participants called on all parties to "work towards military de-escalation on all fronts to allow the dialogue to proceed in a positive environment."

Libya, still awash with weapons and armed factions following the toppling and death of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a NATO-backed 2011 uprising, has two rival governments and parliaments.

At the same time, rival militias are also battling for control of its cities and oil wealth.

A round of peace talks between warring factions in Geneva last month ended in a positive atmosphere, the UN said.

Participants included a range of groups and representatives of civil society, who stressed the need to fast-track dialogue on forming a unity government.

But the GNC, the outgoing parliament that resumed operations under the leadership of the Islamist Fajr Libya militia, boycotted the Geneva meeting, demanding an talks be held in Libya.

The GNC is based in Tripoli while the rival parliament has taken refuge in the far east, near the Egyptian border.