Graffiti is seen in the Libyan town of Bani Walid, Libya October 29, 2017. Part of graffiti reads 'holy king'. REUTERS/Aidan Lewis
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Elders of a powerful tribe that defended the regime of former leader Moammar Gadhafi have a message for the United Nations as it tries to broker peace in Libya – talk to us or you will fail. The U.N. launched a new round of negotiations in September to unite a country that splintered along political, ideological and tribal lines during and after the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that unseated Gadhafi.Located 145 kilometers southeast of Tripoli, the isolated hilltop town did not accept the fall of Gadhafi in 2011 and held out against rebels two months longer than the capital.A 2015 agreement sought to unite the two camps but instead created a third, U.N.-selected government, led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.The Bani Walid elders say they do not support either camp.In 2014 Misratans became the dominant force in Tripoli and the main source of military opposition to Haftar.As in other towns that forged alliances with Gadhafi during his 42-year rule, many residents of Bani Walid are nostalgic.
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