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UN Libya envoy says Geneva talks with Libyan factions brought progress but 'last mile' remains

The United Nations' Libya envoy says there has been progress in two days of talks with Libya's rival factions and he's hopeful of a deal soon on a national unity government.

Envoy Bernardino Leon wants a deal by Sept. 20. He said Friday in Geneva "we really have a chance to reach a final agreement in the coming days" but cautioned that "the last mile is the most difficult one."

Libya is divided between an Islamist-backed government in Tripoli and the internationally recognized government in Tobruk.

Leon has been trying to get the parties to present candidates for prime minister and two deputies to lead a unity government. He said he has names from the Tobruk government and hopes to get Tripoli's proposals for another meeting likely next Wednesday.