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Libya moved from dictatorship to non-state: U.N. envoy

Bernardino Leon said neither of the warring camps in Libya can claim legitimacy

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Libya has moved from a dictatorship to a non-state, U.N. special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon told the European Parliament's foreign committee on Tuesday, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Leon, who is leading reconciliation efforts between the country’s rivals, noted the danger posed by extremists who are training in Libya to the country's neighbors and to the EU.

He said terror groups are receiving training in Derna, Benghazi, Sabratha and the south of the country.

He criticized a military campaign led by renegade General Khalifa Haftar against the Tripoli-based Islamist authorities, saying terrorism must be fought with democratic measures.

He further noted that neither Tobruk-based authorities, which are backed by Haftar, nor the Tripoli-based Islamist authorities can claim legitimacy.

Meanwhile, Omar al-Hassi, head of the Tripoli-based government has resigned on Tuesday, Al Arabiya reported, citing sources.

Al Arabiya correspondent in Brussels said an international meeting on Libya will be held at the NATO headquarters on Wednesday.

Watch a previous Al Arabiya interview with Bernardino Leon