UPDATE 2-U.N.-backed Libya talks fail to reach consensus on elections

A U.N.-led tranquility procedure brought a ceasefire last summertime after combating in between competing factions stopped and afterwards a unity government was developed.

GENEVA, July 2 (Reuters) - U.N.-sponsored talks focused on paving the way for elections in Libya in late December stopped working to locate common ground, the replacement of the United Nations mission in Libya said on Friday evening after weeklong talks near Geneva.

Haftar was backed by the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Egypt in his Tripoli offensive. The internationally-recognised Tripoli government was sustained by Turkey, which eventually assisted it ward off the assault. (Additional reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Angus MacSwan as well as Bill Berkrot).

The United Nations agent for Libya, Jan Kubis, said on Monday that leaving Switzerland without a decision this week was "" not an option"" offered the timeframe.

The political elections would be a critical action in international efforts to bring security to Libya, which has been in turmoil because a 2011 NATO-backed uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.

Haftar was backed by the United Arab Emirates, Russia and also Egypt in his Tripoli offensive. The internationally-recognised Tripoli government was sustained by Turkey, which eventually assisted it ward off the attack. (Additional coverage by Emma Farge; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Bill Berkrot).

Major threats linger with lots of armed groups holding power on the ground.

An official ceasefire was agreed in October and also the next month the individuals in the U.N. tranquility discussion set a date for elections and accepted create a brand-new interim federal government.

"" This just postpones the fight, but does not fix the problem,"" she claimed. "" Let us bear in mind the interests of Libya and Libyans that are worthy of political elections."".

(Recasts with talks failing, adds final statement, quotes).

The talks, held at a hotel about 15 kilometres (9 miles) from Geneva, had actually been prolonged right into a 5th day on Friday with delegates struggling to agree. They had been expected to develop the constitutional basis for parliamentary and presidential political elections by July 1.

On Thursday, Kubis explained that day''s session as "" hard"" and urged delegates to avoid "" ill-mannered behaviour and personal attacks"", without elaborating.

LPDF member Elham Saudi informed Reuters on Friday: "" This is not the result that a lot of us had expected however it is the far better result given the alternatives that got on the table and also UNSMIL''s leadership''s lack of ability to keep the talks on track."".

Delegates as well as U.N. officials stated they might not concur among themselves on numerous proposals flowing, prompting organisers to prolong the talks originally intended to last four days.

By Stephanie Nebehay and Ahmed Elumami.

Moves toward a political service in Libya sped up after eastern commander Khalifa Haftar''s 14-month attack on Tripoli collapsed last summer.

The talks in Switzerland adhere to an international conference in Berlin recently.

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