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World powers agree new push for Libya peace

World leaders committed Sunday to ending all foreign meddling in Libya s war and to uphold a weapons embargo at a Berlin summit, as part of a broader plan to end the spiralling conflict. The presidents of Russia, Turkey and France were among global chiefs signing up to the plan to stop interfering in the war -- be it through weapons, troops or financing. But the talks failed to deliver serious dialogue between the warring parties -- strongman Khalifa Haftar and the head of Tripoli s UN-recognised government Fayez al-Sarraj -- or to get both sides to sign up to a permanent truce. We have a very disparate situation in Libya, where ensuring that a ceasefire is immediately respected is simply not easy to guarantee, said summit host Chancellor Angela Merkel. But I hope that through today s conference, we have a chance the truce will hold further. Libya has been torn by fighting between rival armed factions since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi. Most ...

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