US rules out army intervention in Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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imgUS Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there would be no foreign military intervention in Libya and called for a diplomatic solution as violence flared in the capital Tripoli.

“Our tools are diplomacy. We are not looking at other options,” Kerry told journalists alongside his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni following a summit in Rome on the future of countries in the Mediterranean region.

“I don’t think any country is prepared to engage in military action.”

Kerry said that diplomatic efforts had made progress, disagreeing with Gentiloni who said that negotiations “have not yet produced results”.

“There has been a significant shift in the last month of efforts diplomatically to bring general (Khalifa) Haftar to the table… and create a series of meetings to try to resolve some differences,” said Kerry, referring to the military strongman who has refused to support a UN-backed unity government.

He instead supports a parallel authority, based in eastern Libya near the border with Egypt, that controls much of the country’s oil production.

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