Libya: Gentiloni, only solution to the crisis is political

Serious situation,'change of pace' urgent. Sec Council meeting

18 February, 10:51

    Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni addresses to the House about Libya Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni addresses to the House about Libya

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - "The only solution to the Libyan crisis is political", Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni, said during his address to the House about Libya. "While negotiations begin, the situation in Libya is worsening. Time is not endless and it may expire soon, with the risk of undermining the fragile results attained so far" by the UN mediation supported by Italy, said Gentiloni. "The deterioration of the situation on the ground compels the international community to change its pace before it is too late", added Gentiloni. We are not seeking "adventures nor crusades. We ask the diplomatic community to redouble its efforts" explained the Italian foreign minister. There is an evident risk of a linkage between local groups and Daesh (the Islamic State) "that calls for our utmost attention" stressed Gentiloni. An emergency meeting on Libya has been convened today at the UN Security Council. The Egyptian foreign minister is expected to address the council. Cairo is calling on the international community to join raids against Isis. After today's meeting, "we expect the international community to realise it needs to redouble its efforts to facilitate political dialogue" in Libya said Gentiloni, who spoke to American Secretary of State John Kerry about the Libyan conundrum yesterday night on the phone.(ANSAmed).

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