UN envoy proposes ideal timetable for Libya peace agreement

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Posted: Aug 11, 2015 6:50 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya proposed an "ideal timetable" Tuesday that would have the country's feuding parties agree on a national unity government in the next three weeks and sign a peace agreement in the first weeks of September.

But Bernardino Leon told a news conference in Geneva that this will depend on the political will, wisdom and creativity of the parties to bring good names and good proposals to the negotiating table.

Leon said the U.N. is glad to see that all key actors showed up for peace talks in the Swiss city and expressed hope that in the coming days they will sit down together for talks.

Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 civil war that ended dictator Moammar Gadhafi's four-decade rule.

The country is now bitterly divided between an elected parliament and government based in the eastern city of Tobruk, with little power on the ground, and an Islamist militia-backed government in the capital, Tripoli. An affiliate of the Islamic State extremist group has also emerged, battling both other jihadi groups and forces loyal to both governments for power and turf.

Members of the Tobruk government and regional leaders signed a peace deal in Morocco in early July and Leon has been urging the Tripoli government to sign the unity accord.

In the next three weeks, Leon said he wants all parties to try to reach agreement on a unity government and annexes on its priorities, composition and budget and on a Council of State and security arrangements.

"Then the endorsement, final voting and signing of the agreement could happen in the first weeks of September so that the final conclusion of this process can be achieved before we have the U.N. General Assembly" ministerial session in late September, he said.