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Libya peace talks to take place in Geneva

Moroccan officials decided to change the venue because they were offended that talks took place in Algeria last week

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Planned peace talks next week between Libyan factions will take place in Geneva, instead of Morocco, Libyan officials said Friday.

Libya is bitterly divided between rival governments in its east and west, after descending into chaos following the 2011 end of Muammar Qaddafi's rule.

Tawfik al-Shaheibi, a talks participant, as well as a member of the Islamist-backed parliament in Tripoli who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters, said Friday that Moroccan officials decided to change the venue for Monday's talks because they were offended that U.N. talks with the Islamist-backed parliament took place in rival Algeria last week.

Participants are to vote on a unity government. Al-Shaheibi says his parliament will decide officially Sunday whether to go to Geneva.

Representatives of the eastern-based Libyan government will attend.

The U.N. has said that parties which refuse to participate in the talks will be sanctioned.