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Germany hosts UN talks on Libya despite dispute over power-sharing plan

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, an the UN special representative for Libya, Bernardino Leon, left, pose for the media at the beginning  of a meeting of representatives of Libya and the United Nations in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, an the UN special representative for Libya, Bernardino Leon, left, pose for the media at the beginning of a meeting of representatives of Libya and the United Nations in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

  • The UN special representative for Libya, Bernardino Leon addresses the media during joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as part of a meeting of representatives of Libya and the United Nations in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    The UN special representative for Libya, Bernardino Leon addresses the media during joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as part of a meeting of representatives of Libya and the United Nations in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Participant gather for a meeting of representatives of Libya and the United Nations in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Participant gather for a meeting of representatives of Libya and the United Nations in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

Representatives of Libyan factions are meeting with international officials in Berlin, a day after the North Africa nation's internationally recognized parliament said it was suspending its participation in U.N.-brokered negotiations.

The German Foreign Ministry, which is hosting the meeting, said Wednesday's talks included U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon and the Libya envoys of the five permanent U.N. Security Council members, Italy, Spain and the European Union. It didn't elaborate.

Libya is split between an Islamist-led government backed by militias that seized the capital of Tripoli last August and its elected parliament, which is forced to convene in the country's far east.

Leon has been leading negotiations aimed at stemming Libya's collapse into a failed state. The elected parliament objects to a draft power-sharing plan with the rival government.