The U.N. envoy for Libya said Wednesday he is confident that U.N.-brokered talks between the troubled country’s rival governments are in the final stages. An agreement would immediately end the country’s political crisis and military conflict.
Bernardino Leon told the U.N. Security Council that both sides should not squander their historic opportunity to be peacemakers, as Libya has slid into chaos since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ended Moammar Gadhafi’s four-decade reign.
The oil-rich north African country is divided between an elected parliament and government based in the eastern port city of Tobruk and an Islamist militia-backed government in the capital Tripoli — with militants from the Islamic State group also exploiting the chaos.
Members of the Tobruk government and regional leaders signed a peace deal last month, but the Tripoli government did not.