With finalization of text, future of Libya in hands of negotiating parties

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Bernardino Leon. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

Libya has reached its "most delicate moment", following agreement on the country's peace negotiating text, according to the UN's top official for the country.

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino Leon announced the finalization of the text.

Veronica Reeves has the story.

Reaching a final text had taken much longer than expected, said Mr Leon, during which time Libya had been paralyzed with conflict and chaos. The North African nation has been plagued by factional fighting since a 2011 revolution.

With the finalization of the text, Mr Leon said the negotiating parties had been presented with an opportunity to bring security and stability to the beleaguered country.

"They can reject the proposal, but in this case, they would be also, choosing the uncertainty, the difficulties to work with the international community, to work with other Libyans and, of course, putting the country in a very difficult position."

He went on to acknowledge that while the text may not be "perfect", all sides should refrain from attempting to add in new elements and to sign off on the deal in the coming weeks.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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