UN-sponsored talks in Libya scheduled Monday were canceled
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says U.N.-sponsored talks between the rival governments in Libya did not take place as scheduled on Monday and the U.N. mission is urging the parties to decide on the timing and venue.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that since the first announcement that talks would be held on Dec. 9, “there have been many developments on the ground that have not been conducive in any way to holding a dialogue.”
Widespread militia violence has plunged Libya into chaos less than four years after a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
The internationally recognized government was forced to move to the eastern city of Tobruk after Islamist-allied militias seized the capital Tripoli over the summer and revived a rival government.