Libya talks continue amid "positive" mood

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UN negotiator Bernardino Leon said he hoped to have an agreement signed on or close to 20 September. Photo: UN/Daniel Johnson

Talks to decide Libya's future are "in a better position" than in recent weeks, the UN negotiator who's leading discussions said Friday.

Bernardino León, the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), made the announcement during a break in talks at the UN in Geneva.

Key points are said to have been "clarified" with delegations, which include both opposing governments from the war-torn north African country.

Daniel Johnson has more.

In a break in the talks in Geneva, UN negotiator Bernardino León emerged to tell the press that he was exhausted but content at the progress made so far.

"We are now, after the meetings we had yesterday and today in Geneva, in a better position than where we started."

He said that sticking points had been clarified with the delegations taking part, including the GNC.

That's the General National Congress that's based in Tripoli in the east of the country, which has been at war since the overthrow of President Muammar Gadaffi in 2011.

Only days ago it was not clear that the GNC would attend the Geneva talks at all.

But come they have, along with the internationally recognised government in the east of Libya.

And that has contributed to what UN negotiator León called the "positive mood and good momentum" of the last two days.

Much more talking needs to happen, however, on the various so-called annexes that make up the UN-led peace plan.

These include the make-up of Libya's future national government and state council, subjects that haven't been discussed yet.

Despite the significant work ahead, Bernardino León said that he still hoped to see an accord signed on "more or less" 20 September, and put into practice a month later.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva.

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