UN envoy arrives in Tunisia for Libya talks

August 15, 2011 17:43


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TUNIS - A UN special envoy trying to find a way to end the conflict in Libya has arrived in neighboring Tunisia for talks, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"Ban Ki-moon's envoy for Libya, (Abdel Elah) al-Khatib has arrived in Tunisia," said a ministry spokesman. "Tomorrow he will meet the (Tunisian) foreign minister and after that we don't know but certainly he will meet the Libyan parties."

Khatib, a former Jordanian foreign minister, was appointed in March by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The envoy has met on several occasions with representatives of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the rebels demanding an end to Gaddafi's 41-year rule. He has so far been unable to persuade the sides to adopt his ceasefire plan.

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