Libya's internationally accepted PM 'aspires' to peace deal

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Posted: Jul 01, 2015 5:44 PM

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The internationally recognized prime minister of Libya says he is "aspiring" to sign a peace agreement with representatives of the Islamist-led Tripoli government in Morocco on Thursday.

Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni made the comments during a brief visit to Malta on Wednesday. He said there were people who supported and opposed the agreeement, and that "any decision taken will always have enemies."

But he said: "The wise and kind people of Libya" want to reach a solution.

Since last year, Libya has been split between an elected parliament, which was forced to convene in the country's far east, and Islamist-led government backed by militias that seized Tripoli last August. The two governments have been negotiating for nine months over a power-sharing deal mediated by U.N. special representative Bernardino Leon.