New round of UN-brokered Libya peace talks still pending

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A Libyan child flashing a peace sign. UN Photo/Iason Foounten

Consultations continue with various Libyan political actors regarding the holding of a second round of  peace talks, a UN Spokesperson has confirmed.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has been promoting negotiation as a way to end the political and security crisis in Libya.

A political dialogue scheduled for 9 December was cancelled because of developments on the ground.

Libyans are fleeing deadly clashes between rival armed groups in cities across the North African country, including airstrikes on targets in the city of Misrata.

Samir Ghattas of UNSMIL says the talks are facing a number of difficulties.

"One of the main challenges for us also is the location. As you know the United Nations has its own security requirements and we want to make sure that all the parties have accepting this venue that they have agreed to. This is one issue. The other issue is timing. The other issues are related to the agenda and the politics of Libya that are very complicated."  (25″)

The country has been in turmoil since Muammar al-Qhadafi was ousted nearly four years ago.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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