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    All participants of the international conference on Libya crisis settlement held in Rome supported a UN-backed Libyan national unity government deal on Sunday, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said.

    ROME (Sputnik) – On December 12, Libya's warring parties agreed to December 16 as a date for signing the national unity government deal aiming to bring an end to the ongoing crisis.

    “It was a very important and positive day, because the participants of the meeting supported the decision taken a few days ago, on the signing of an agreement that will give life to the government of national unity," Gentiloni said at a press conference.

    The foreign minister stressed that solution to the Libyan crisis would still require constant work for a long time.

    “We should not think that such a positive day will solve all problems, but it can be a turning point for the resolution of the Libyan crisis," Gentiloni said.

    The ministerial conference in Rome, initiated by Italy, was co-chaired by US State Secretary John Kerry.

    Libya has been in turmoil since early 2011, when Arab Spring protests led to a civil war and the overthrow of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    There are two rival governments in the country — one that is internationally recognized and based in Tobruk, and a self-proclaimed government in the former capital of Tripoli.

    A UN-brokered dialogue on national reconciliation in Libya has been going on for a year.

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