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Libya okay with Arab, UN forces helping restore order: PM

Posted on Aug 08 2014 | IANS

Tripoli, Aug 8 : Libya does not oppose the idea of having Arab, African or UN forces in the country to help the authorities take control over the situation, Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has said.

Work was under way to form a national rescue government to resolve the current crisis, MENA news agency quoted Thinni as telling Sky News TV Friday.

He accused religious movements of abusing Islam to achieve their agendas, saying that he, however, was ready to negotiate with moderate sides that have not been associated with the bloodshed of Libyans.

He denied that Benghazi has fallen into the control of Ansar Sharia radicals, saying he totally understood the concerns of neighbouring countries, Egypt and Tunisia, that the situation in Libya would spill over.

Libya has of late been seeing a violent power struggle among rival groups -- the worst since the fall of its leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Rival militias have been fighting near the Tripoli international airport, attempting to take control of it.

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