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Rival Libyan parliament chiefs reject UN peace deal
Published :Thursday, 17 December, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 20

TRIPOLI, Dec 16 : The leaders of Libya's rival parliaments rejected a U.N. peace deal a day before moderates from both sides were due to sign it, highlighting the deep splits challenging international efforts to end the fighting.
The two met on Tuesday for the first time since latest fighting broke out more than a year ago, a development they said showed progress. But they both said the pact had been imposed by world powers and asked for more time to work out a Libyan initiative.
Moderates from the rival parliaments and independents were scheduled to sign the agreement on Wednesday, a deal that calls for a unity government and a ceasefire. There was no immediate announcement on whether the signing would go ahead. Libyan deadlines and negotiation dates have often slipped in the past.
"We met to find a solution of the Libyan crisis and to let the world know that we are able to work our problems by ourselves," Aguila Saleh, president of the elected House of Representatives in the east, told reporters.     ?REUTERS

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