New round of Libya peace talks begins

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Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Léon (10th from left) with delegates after the meeting of Libyan parties at UN Headquarters in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Fresh talks began Monday at the UN in Geneva to find a solution to the ongoing political and military crisis in Libya.

The new round of negotiations with Libyan delegations follows an initial two-day meeting in Geneva earlier in January, co-ordinated by Bernardo Leon, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

The first priority of the talks is to resume the “main political track” discussions already touched on, UNSMIL said, with further meetings later this week scheduled to discuss how to implement confidence-building measures across the conflict-hit country.

Daniel Johnson reports.

A new round of talks on Libya's future began in Geneva on Monday in an effort to secure peace in the conflict-ridden country.

The development was announced by UNSMIL, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.

It said the talks would see a resumption of the main political track discussions that started in the Swiss city earlier in January.

Seventeen representatives from Libya's political diaspora are present at the UN's European headquarters in Geneva.

Another meeting is planned later this week with Libya municipal and local council representatives to discuss confidence-building measures and ways to implement them.

Under the UN plan, a number of other tracks will be added to the talks at a later stage.

These include inviting representatives from Libyan political parties, social and tribal forces as well as the armed groups to the talks.

The talks take place amid a backdrop of an ongoing crisis in Libya where two rival governments are vying for control of the North African oil producer, three years after the fall of leader Muammar Qadhafi.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations.

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