UN envoy meets with Libya's warring militias to pursue talks

AP News
Posted: Jan 09, 2015 7:09 AM

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy to Libya says he has met with stakeholders in Libya's ongoing violence, including powerful General Khalifa Hifter, in a bid to end the fighting and convene a national dialogue session.

Bernardino Leon is proposing a temporary freeze in hostilities in order to "create a conducive environment" for the talks; he said Friday in a statement that he had met with Hifter as well as with commanders of the Islamist-allied militias who control the capital, Tripoli.

Hifter responded positively, while the miltia commanders "will consider the proposal," Leon said.

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Hifter has joined forces with the elected internationally recognized government. That government has been forced to convene in the eastern city of Tobruk due to the militia takeover of Tripoli.