SKHIRAT, Morocco – Libyan political leaders have reached a new version of a U.N.-brokered peace deal, putting pressure on the Tripoli leadership to sign on and build a unity government in hopes of ending the country's chaos.
The Tripoli government refused to participate in the latest discussions Saturday in the Moroccan city of Skhirat. Members of Libya's internationally recognized parliament and local and regional leaders initialed the agreement, brokered by U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon.
Libya has been split for nearly a year between an elected parliament in the country's far east and an Islamist-led government in Tripoli backed by militias.
Leon said the door remains open for the Tripoli government to join. Negotiators plan to meet again after the Ramadan holiday to work on forming an interim government and finalizing a power-sharing agreement.