Libyan parties agree to move talks

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Participants in a UN-facilitated political dialogue. photo/UNSMIL

Participants in a UN-facilitated political dialogue have agreed "in principle" to move the talks to Libya.

A second round of negotiations is being held in Geneva this week.

Two rival governments are currently vying for control of the North African oil producer, three years after the fall of leader Muammar Qadhafi.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Moving the dialogue to Libya could present a "moment of hope and reconciliation" for Libyans, the participants emphasized.

It could also be an opportunity to resolve the country's political and security crisis that should not be missed.

However, concerns were raised about the prevailing insecurity across the country and reference was made to a recent terrorist attack in the capital city.

On 27 January, a car bomb explosion and a gun attack against the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli reportedly killed three people and injured dozens others.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has been asked to start consultations with the parties on the venue of the negotiations.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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