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Signing of UN deal postponed to Thursday

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Spokesperson for the United Nations said, Wednesday, that the signing of the peace agreement between parties to the conflict in Libya is postponed again to Thursday due to logistical problems.

The representatives of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the General National Congress (GNC) were supposed to sign, Wednesday, peace deal mediated by the United Nations after months of infighting and opposition from hardliners from both camps.

The spokesperson added that “the signing is delayed for logical reasons”. Libya has two governments, one in the east and one in the west, each supported by armed factions.

The heads of both rival parliaments met, Tuesday, in Malta for the first time after more than a year, the meeting was described as “mark on developing”. But both of them refused the UN deal, saying that it is imposed by foreign powers.

The head of the House of Representatives (HoR), Ageela Saleh, said to reporters “we met to reach resolution to the Libyan crisis, and to say to the world that we are able to deal with our own problems by ourselves”.

The head of the General National Congress (GNC), Nuri Abusahmain, said that both of them will revise the UN agreement, and asked the international community to consider their meeting as a mean to Libyan reconciliation.

Some western diplomats said that both, Saleh and Abusahmain, are the main obstacle in front of the UN accord and the voting, they mentioned that they could be sanctioned if the agreement was signed without them.

The Islamic State (IS) exploited the security chaos, built stronghold for them in the country, as they control the city of Sirte, recruiting more fighters from Syria and Iraq.