Libyan peace talks go "well beyond what we have expected"

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Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Léon at a press conference during the meeting of Libyan parties at UN Headquarters in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Peace talks to end the crisis in Libya have gone beyond what had been expected, according to the top United Nations envoy.

The UN Special Representative Bernardino Léon was speaking in Morocco where Libyan parties have been negotiating to find a political solution to the ongoing conflict in their country.

The North African country has been mired in factional fighting since Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown nearly four years ago.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

Libyan parties have been holding another round of talks in the Moroccan city of Skhirat to bring stability to their country.

The UN envoy Bernardino Léon said that Libyan stakeholders have reached a consensus on a range of issues including on the need for a unity government and security arrangements.

According to Mr Léon, Libyan parties are now convinced that there is a political solution to the crisis in their country.

The UN envoy said that the parties have welcomed the proposals and ideas published by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), as a basis for future discussions.

He described the conclusion of the talks on Thursday as a "very important step in the right direction".

Cathrine Hasselberg United Nations.

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