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Libya's Rival Parliament Chiefs Reject Peace Deal

FILE - Libya Dawn fighters fire an artillery cannon at Islamic State militants near Sirte.

Members of Libya's rival governments had been expected to sign a peal deal Wednesday, but officials said the ceremony would be pushed back to Thursday, while the heads of the two parliaments expressed disapproval of the agreement altogether.

Parliament leaders Aguila Saleh and Nuri Abu Sahmain met for the first time Tuesday since the two sides set up competing bodies in Tripoli and Tobruk. Each made comments stressing the need for a Libyan solution without outside pressure.

The U.N.-brokered pact came out of multiple rounds of negotiations between the rival governments in an attempt end the instability that has marked Libya since the 2011 ouster of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The agreement calls for a new unity government within 40 days with members from both the internationally recognized government in Tobruk and the Islamist-backed body in Tripoli.

Even with participation from both sides, it remains unclear how many people support the agreement and who would sign it.

The U.N., European Union, African Union, Arab League and more than a dozen nations issued a statement Sunday supporting the peace effort and welcoming plans for Libyan parties to sign it.

The statement came after a ministerial meeting in Italy, and included a commitment to Libya's sovereignty, pledges to support the unity government and calls for an immediate cease-fire.