UN sounds positive note as Libya deal remains elusive

AP News
Posted: Mar 26, 2015 2:14 PM

SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Libya has sounded a positive note as peace talks between the country's rival governments take another break with a firm deal remaining elusive.

Bernardino Leon said Thursday after another round of talks that two sides would return by next week to continue discussing proposals for a unity government and security arrangements.

During the talks, held near the Moroccan capital, the U.N. presented a detailed proposal for bringing together the warring parties, including maintaining the internationally recognized elected parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk.

Libya is torn apart by warring militias with two governments on either end of the country that claim legitimacy.

Leon said the parties have "gone beyond the point of no return" and the two sides are committed to a peaceful solution.