Envoy: UN Security Council wants Libya political agreement by Ramadan, in mid-June

The United Nations envoy on Libya says the Security Council wants to see a political agreement on Libya before Ramadan, which begins in the middle of June, but he says he cannot be optimistic amid the country's chaos.

Bernardino Leon spoke to reporters Wednesday after briefing the council behind closed doors, two days after giving the latest draft agreement to parties in the oil-rich north African country.

Leon says he wants to see "direct, face to face meetings as soon as possible."

Libya has collapsed into competing governments and multiple militias since the overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

The instability has bred a growing migrant crisis as smugglers launch crowded ships off Libya's shore.