Southern Libya militias reach new agreement to end fighting

By REUTERS
March 29, 2012 18:41

 
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TRIPOLI - Rival militias in the southern Libyan city of Sabha have reached an agreement to end clashes that killed more than 50 people, marking a fresh attempt by the government to impose order nationwide months after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Representatives from the militias had agreed to a ceasefire on Wednesday but some clashes resumed hours later. Trouble erupted on Sunday when the groups - one comprising fighters from Sabha, the other from the Tibu ethnic group - fell out in a minor dispute over a car, locals there had said.

Bereft of a genuine national army, the Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has struggled to persuade the many militias who fought Gaddafi to lay down their arms and join the armed forces and police.

A delegation of officials from various government ministries travelled to Sabha to try to reach an agreement between both sides.

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