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UN envoy opens 'decisive phase' in Libya peace talks

UN envoy declares 'decisive phase' in Libya peace talks, hopes for agreement by Sunday

UN envoy opens 'decisive phase' in Libya peace talks

SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) -- The U.N. special envoy to Libya says the negotiations between the country's rival parliaments are in a "decisive phase" and he hopes to have agreements on a unity government and security arrangements by Sunday.

Bernardino Leon said Friday at the opening of the latest round of talks in Morocco that Wednesday's terrorist attack in Tunisia that killed 21 people has added extra urgency to the discussions. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group, which has already established a strong presence in Libya.

Delegations from Libya's rival parliaments, based in Tripoli in the west and Tobruk in the east, will meet separately with U.N. mediators to discuss proposals to pull militias out of populated areas and form a national unity government.