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UN envoy says Libya talks must be completed in 2 weeks, PM candidates to be discussed

  • U.N. envoy to the Libya talks, Bernardino Leon, gives a statement to journalists as Libyan peace talks resumed in Skhirat, Morocco, on Friday Aug. 28, 2015, although the Tripoli delegation was missing from these talks.  Talks to form a national unity government in Libya moved forward Friday and the parties will reconvene next Thursday in Geneva to present their candidates for the prime minister and two deputies to lead the national unity government and get the war-torn country out of its crisis. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)

    U.N. envoy to the Libya talks, Bernardino Leon, gives a statement to journalists as Libyan peace talks resumed in Skhirat, Morocco, on Friday Aug. 28, 2015, although the Tripoli delegation was missing from these talks. Talks to form a national unity government in Libya moved forward Friday and the parties will reconvene next Thursday in Geneva to present their candidates for the prime minister and two deputies to lead the national unity government and get the war-torn country out of its crisis. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mohammed Shoaib, the head of Libya's internationally recognized parliament based in Tobruk talks to journalists Friday Aug. 28, 2015, saying his parliament would discuss names to present for the nation's new prime minister, although the Tripoli delegation was missing from the talks.  Talks to form a national unity government in Libya moved forward Friday and the parties will reconvene next Thursday in Geneva. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)

    Mohammed Shoaib, the head of Libya's internationally recognized parliament based in Tobruk talks to journalists Friday Aug. 28, 2015, saying his parliament would discuss names to present for the nation's new prime minister, although the Tripoli delegation was missing from the talks. Talks to form a national unity government in Libya moved forward Friday and the parties will reconvene next Thursday in Geneva. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)  (The Associated Press)

Talks to create a national unity government in Libya have moved forward without one of the main negotiating partners as negotiators emphasize the urgency of reaching an agreement.

U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon said Friday that talks would reconvene next week with each faction presenting candidates for the future prime minister and deputies.

He expected the Tripoli-based delegation, which skipped this round because of high profile resignations in its team, to propose names as well.

Leon said the hope is to wrap up final negotiations over the agreement and sign it within two weeks time.

Libya is split by two rival governments and dozens of independent warring militias, as well as elements of the radical Islamic State group.

It is also a major jumping off point for migrants to Europe.