U.N. proposes 'presidential council' to Libyan rival factions

March 24, 2015 4:57 PM

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BENGHAZI/RABAT (Reuters) - The United Nations tried on Tuesday to persuade Libyan rival factions to form a unity government by appointing a "presidential council" to try to resolve conflict in the oil-producing country.

But U.N. Special Envoy Bernardino Leon received a frosty reception in eastern Libya, controlled by the internationally-recognized government, underlining the challenges of trying to encourage mediation with the rival administration that took the capital Tripoli last year.

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