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Libyan peace talks to resume

Libya’s warring factions are to resume the UN-brokered talks on Tuesday inside Libya, according to Libyan officials.

Different parties are now arguing over where the meeting should take place, though only three cities are nominated, a member of the self-appointed parliament, the General National Congress (GNC), told Xinhua.

He added that the GNC suggested the western border oasis town of Ghadames should host the dialogue, but the internationally recognized parliament, the House of Representatives, insisted moving it to Ghat, in southwestern Libya, or the southeastern city of al-Kufra.

The dialogue aims to reach an agreement on running Libya’s political transition, including the formation of a unity government and ending the armed hostilities raging in different parts of the country.

After the removal of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the country is now deadlocked in turmoil, with two rival governments and two parliaments which are backed by secular and Islamist forces respectively.

The armed forces affiliated to the two sides have been warring since last May, leaving at least 1,000 people killed and more than 100,000 displaced.

Several rounds of UN-sponsored peace talks have been held in Ghadames and the Swiss city of Geneva, but the agreed truce has never been enforced.

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