International community must intervene, says Libya

(AGI) Rome, Feb 25 - Libya has called on the internationalcommunity to intervene in the conflict in the country. ItalianForeign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, said that "the only way tosolve the crisis is political stability"during an officialvisit to Tunis. Italy and France confirmed joint action at asummit, and said Libya is a priority for Europe butpeacekeeping efforts are not on the agenda yet. FrenchPresident Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister MatteoRenzi called on the United Nations to take stronger diplomaticaction. However, reconciliation talks, moderated by UN specialenvoy Bernardino Leon, due in

(AGI) Rome, Feb 25 - Libya has called on the internationalcommunity to intervene in the conflict in the country. ItalianForeign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, said that "the only way tosolve the crisis is political stability"during an officialvisit to Tunis. Italy and France confirmed joint action at asummit, and said Libya is a priority for Europe butpeacekeeping efforts are not on the agenda yet. FrenchPresident Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister MatteoRenzi called on the United Nations to take stronger diplomaticaction. However, reconciliation talks, moderated by UN specialenvoy Bernardino Leon, due in Morocco on Thursday have beenpostponed indefinitely. All sides seem to be less inclined totalk, and more focused on involving the international communityin the conflict. Abdullah al-Thani, internationally recognisedhead of the Libyan government, criticised "the U.S., the UK andEU countries for not supplying arms" on Wednesday. He said:"The Libya Dawn Coalition [editor's note: which has beencontrolling Tripoli and the western region since summer] ispart of an Islamic militia that receives weapons, ammunitionand supplies from all over the world. But America and GreatBritain think otherwise, against the interests of the Libyanpeople." It was reported that Islamic State may have taken alarge amount of chemical weapons in Sirte, a city now under thejihadist group's control. A Libyan military official reportedlysaw large quantities of mustard gas (Iprit) in the militarycamp of Khoshom al-Kheil, 150 km south of Sirte, whileoverseeing the transfer of ammunition and food to troopsprotecting Colonel Gaddafi in the city during the 2011uprising. Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, a supporter of therecognised government, was reported to have secretly visitedEgypt. It then intervened immediately after the posting of avideo showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians which was afake, according to U.S. sources. Arabic language newspaper alQuds al Arabi said that the general "received weapons fromCairo to be distributed to its troops in Libya" and that heintends "to establish and chair a military council similar tothe one established in Egypt after Mubarak's fall and to imposemartial law throughout the country after dissolving the TobrukParliament and Abdullah al-Thani's government". (AGI) . .