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Bernardino Leon, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of UNSMIL. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

New round of peace talks in Libya planned

A new round of peace talks to resolve the conflict in Libya is due to get underway next Monday according to the UN mission in the country, UNSMIL.

The North African country has been plagued by factional fighting since the overthrow of President Muammar al-Qhadafi in 2011.

UNSMIL chief Bernardino Leon said he hopes the new talks will bring consensus on outstanding issues among the main parties.

Burundian parties urged to resume dialogue

The government and opposing parties in Burundi have been urged by the UN to immediately resume dialogue amid deteriorating security in the country.

The UN Peacebuilding Commission is concerned over reports of violence and human rights violations, including an attack on a respected human rights defender.

The Commission has also strongly condemned the killing on Sunday of a senior general and close aide to the country's president.

Burundi has been experiencing insecurity following presidential elections last month.

Food price index hits new low

The food price index of the UN food agency, FAO, has hit its lowest level in almost six years.

A sharp drop in the prices of dairy products and vegetables oils drove down the prices of major food commodities in July to their lowest average monthly level since September 2009.

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 164.6 points in July, down 1.0 per cent from June.

The trade-weighted index tracks prices on international markets of cereals, meat, dairy products, vegetable oils and sugar.

Maria Carlino, United Nations.

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