Libya's warring parties resume talks in Geneva

A U.N. spokesman says that Libya's warring parties have returned to negotiations aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country after they had suspended talks earlier this week

GENEVA -- Libya's warring parties have returned to negotiations aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country after they had suspended talks earlier this week, a U.N. spokesman said Thursday.

United Nations spokesman Rheal Leblanc said the two sides have resumed meetings in Geneva after the Tripoli-based government stopped them on Tuesday following an attack on the capital's strategic port by their rivals in the east.

The meetings are a part of a broader U.N. push for peace in Libya, which has been ravaged by years of civil war after its 2011 popular uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who was later killed.

And while their representatives were in Geneva, forces of military commander Khalifa Hifter stepped up their attacks on the Libyan capital on Tuesday with shelling of the port. The country's National Oil Company said then that the strikes hit close to a highly explosive liquefied petroleum gas tanker moored there. Hifter's forces said that they'd hit a depot for weapons and ammunition located there.

Tuesdays' strikes appeared to be the first such attack on the port since Hifter's forces began their siege of the city almost a year ago.