New Libya peace talks planned for January 5: UN envoy

A member of the Libyan army stands on a tank as heavy black smoke rises after a fire broke out at a car tyre disposal plant during clashes against Islamist gunmen in Benghazi on December 23, 2014A new round of peace talks aiming to end the fighting in Libya will be held on January 5 after the warring factions appear to have agreed a path forward, UN diplomats said Tuesday. Chad’s envoy to the UN, Mahamat Zene Cherif, whose country holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month, said after closed-door discussions that the roadmap contained three points. Another UN Security Council diplomat said the plan also set out a ceasefire as well as a withdrawal of all militias and the disarmament of the warring sides. UN special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, voiced his “deep concern” over the deteriorating situation in the north African country in a video address to the meeting.

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