UN chief negotiator Bernardino Leon urged rival Libyan delegations attending peace talks in Morocco to accept proposals presented to the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) government to unify all Libyan factions for the sake of Libya’s greater good.
Leon warned that Libya is on the verge of bankruptcy and that the state will lose the ability to carry out its functions.
It is expected that representatives of the conflicting parties - the Tripoli-based GNC and the breakaway Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) - will meet next week.
Libya has been in turmoil since the overthrow of former autocrat Muammar Gaddafi four years ago, creating a power vacuum in the country which led to rival militias competing for control of the oil-rich country.
The United Nations has facilitated meetings between the conflicting parties since the beginning of the year hoping to reach an agreement, but such meetings have made little headway while the fighting continues on the ground.