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UN begins new round of Libya peace talks

The UN says a new round of talks aimed at ending more than a year of violence and political chaos in Libya has opened in Geneva.

Bernardino Leon, the UN special representative for Libya, was mediating the latest round of talks that opened in the Swiss city on Thursday.

The UN has been brokering talks aimed at establishing a unified government, and the September 3-4 talks are the latest round in long-running peace negotiations.

“The Libyan political dialogue round commenced at the United Nations Office at Geneva,” the UN said in a statement on Thursday.

“All parties invited to the meetings have confirmed their attendance.”

It said Leon “is holding a number of meetings with the parties on Thursday and Friday”.

Libya has two rival parliaments and governments and has been torn apart by violence since the major Western powers helped to topple longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The one in Tripoli, the General National Congress (GNC), is controlled by Libya Dawn forces, while the internationally recognised government operates out of Tobruk, in the far east of the country.

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