UN says talks among warring Libyan factions make progress

March 8, 2015 00:59

RABAT - The United Nations said on Saturday delegates from Libya's warring factions had made progress toward a unity government in UN-backed negotiations, and a Libyan delegate said they would resume discussions next week.

Western leaders are backing the UN talks as the only way to end the turmoil in Libya, where two rival governments and armed factions are battling for control and Islamist militants have also gained ground in the chaos.

The talks in Morocco are aimed at establishing a unity government and a lasting ceasefire and putting Libya's democratic transition back on track, but both factions face internal divisions over the negotiations and fighting continues.

Representatives from the two sides met together for the first time since several rounds of talks.

"There was a meeting between the two parties which was symbolic, it was not part of the talks, but symbols count, it was important," United Nations envoy Bernardino Leon said after the meetings.

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