Envoy welcomes "consensus" on Libya political dialogue

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Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Léon. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Warring parties in Libya have reached "consensus" on the main elements of an agreement aimed at ending their political and military crisis, according to the senior UN official in the country.

Bernardino León, head of the UN Support Mission in Libya  (UNSMIL) expressed hope that the document could be finalized and signed by next week.

Dianne Penn reports.

Libya has been plagued by factional fighting since the overthrow of President Muammar al-Qhadafi in 2011.

Its two opposing governments were among the delegations to the latest round of talks, which concluded in Morocco on Sunday.

Bernardino León, head of the UN mission in the country, described it as "a very important day" for Libyans as the parties had shown political will, flexibility and generosity to reach the agreement.

He told reporters that "a consensus" on its main elements had been achieved after long hours of discussions.

Differences had centred on the formation of a government of national unity, the composition of the State Council, and legislative issues, among other points.

The text will be distributed to the parties for endorsement within the coming days, followed by proposals for candidates for a government of national unity.

Mr León expressed hope that what he characterized as "the good momentum" and "good spirit" in Morocco will prevail, and that the document will be ready for signing by 20 September.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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