U.N. proposes unity government for Libya's warring factions, Tripoli balks

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By Aziz El Yaakoubi SKHIRAT, Morocco (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday proposed a national unity government to Libya's warring factions to end their conflict, but the deal faces resistance from Tripoli's self-declared rulers and hardliners on the ground. Libya is caught up in a war between the internationally recognized government and its elected parliament, and an unofficial government controlling Tripoli, with each side backed by rival alliances of armed factions. Four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Western powers are pushing for both sides to accept the U.N. accord, fearing violence has allowed Islamist militants to gain ground and illegal migrant smugglers to take advantage of the chaos.