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Libya peace talks stall again despite UN sanctions threat

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Libya's rival governments will not return to peace talks this week after rebel forces rejected the latest proposal, defying threats the UN Security Council would impose sanctions on anyone who stands in the way of a deal. The National General Congress parliament in Tripoli, which was seized by rebel forces last year, said it would consult for a week on the new draft, ruling out returning to the talks due to begin in Morocco on Thursday. "The amendments introduced in the latest text submitted by the UN did not include (our own) proposals," it said in a statement released late on Wednesday. Libya Dawn, the coalition of militias that controls the capital, also rejected the latest peace plan as "treason, because it sanctions the creation of a fascist dictatorship under the auspices of the UN". Dozens of people protested against the new draft in front of the CGN's headquarters in Tripoli on Wednesday, burning pictures of the UN envoy leading the peace talks Bernardino Leon, according to an AFP journalist on the scene. Libya's leadership is split between Libya Dawn forces, who seized the capital last year, and the internationally recognised government that was forced to flee to Tobruk, in the northeast of the country. The factions are facing international pressure to form a national unity government and end years of chaos in the war-torn country, which has become a hotbed of jihadist groups and a starting point for migrant smugglers sending people across the Mediterranean to Europe. - UN sanctions - The UN Security Council on Wednesday warned that "there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya" and urged all sides to "sign the proposal presented by the UN support mission in Libya in the coming days". A national unity government "is in the interests of the Libyan people and their future, in order to end Libya's political, security and institutional crises and to confront the rising threat of terrorism," it added.