• House of Representatives agrees to rejoin peace process
  • Body says international community must accept it is the country’s only legitimate parliament
  • Libya has seen a dramatic escalation in violence over recent months

Libya’s two rival governments, the House of Representatives and the General National Congress, have agreed to resume UN-mediated peace talks, with the next session due to be held in Morocco on 5 March.

The Tobruk-based House of Representatives pulled out of the process a week ago, following bombings by the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) in the eastern town of Al-Qubbah.

Aisa al-Araibi, a member of the legislature, told the Libya Herald newspaper that the House of Representatives had made several demands before rejoining the talks.

The body said the international community must accept that the House of Representatives is the only legitimate parliament in Libya.

It also said any government of national unity that emerges from the talks must be approved by the House of Representatives, and the international community must recognise the Tobruk-based government is fighting terrorism.

Libya has seen a dramatic escalation in violence over recent months, with Isis launching high-profile attacks including one on a hotel in Tripoli, the execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, and suicide bombings that killed more than 40 people in Al-Qubbah.

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