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Libya rivals meet for talks in Morocco as UN seeks unity deal

Saleh al-Makzom, Libyan deputy president of the General National Congress, speaks ahead of the UN-brokered talks in Skhirat, near the Moroccan capital Rabat, on March 5, 2015Representatives of Libya’s two rival parliaments on Thursday held UN-brokered talks in Morocco aimed at reaching an agreement on a national unity government and finding someone to head it, officials said. The meeting took place in a “positive and constructive” spirit, UN special envoy Bernardino Leon, who has been trying to bring the two sides together for weeks and who chaired the talks, told a press conference. Libya has been wracked by conflict since the 2011 armed uprising against Moamer Kadhafi, with two governments and powerful militias battling for control of key cities and the North African country’s oil riches. Libya’s internationally recognised parliament is based in the eastern city of Tobruk while the rival Islamist-backed General National Congress is in the capital Tripoli.

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