Libyan rival politicians hold talks to try break deadlock

AP News
|
Posted: Jul 18, 2016 2:12 PM

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan rival politicians are meeting in Tunisia to search for a way to break the deadlock in the country's crisis, including changes to the U.N.-brokered road map for its political future.

Libya is split between rival governments and parliaments based in the western and eastern regions, each backed by different militias and tribes.

The U.N. brokered a deal agreed on in December tried to mend the rift by creating a presidency council and a unity government. The eastern parliament hasn't so far backed the unity government.

Negotiator Mohammed Ali Abdullah says all sides agree that the performance of the presidency council has been "beyond disappointing."

He says Monday's discussions will look into making changes to the makeup of the presidency council, though some fear it could cause more chaos.