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Libya talks due to end on Friday with statement

GENEVA, July 2 (Reuters) – UN-backed talks to pave the way for year-end presidential and legislative elections in Libya are expected to end with a statement on Friday, but no press conference, said a UN spokesperson.

UN envoy to Libya Jan Kubis is recovering from COVID-19 and coming out of quarantine soon, but has been monitoring talks near Geneva from a distance, the spokesperson said. UN Rheal LeBlanc at a UN briefing in Geneva.

“I think if you read Mr. Kubis’ remarks, you might infer that the discussions were quite difficult,” LeBlanc said. “He is really pushing for a consensus to be reached on the way forward to find that constitutional basis that will allow the country to hold the elections scheduled for December 24.” (Report by Stéphanie Nebehay and Emma Farge;)

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