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Anti-IS Coalition Opposes  Intervention in Libya
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Anti-IS Coalition Opposes Intervention in Libya

Anti-IS coalition leaders have retreated from launching a new military intervention in Libya despite the terror threat. Talks were held in Rome on Tuesday, as the UN struggled to hold together Syrian peace talks in Geneva.
Speaking at a 23-nation conference in the Italian capital, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned that the last thing anyone wants “is a false caliphate with access to billions of dollars in oil revenue”, referring to the increased threat from the self-styled Islamic State militant group in the North African country, AFP reported.
He called on Washington’s partners in Europe and the Middle East to boost security training and help Libya’s military “not just to clear territory, but to create a safe environment for the proposed unity government to operate”.
But the coalition ruled out direct military intervention in Libya for now, despite last week’s comments by Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti that her country was preparing militarily to counter the threat together with the US, Britain and France.

  Syria Peace Talks Stall
The anti-IS coalition met as just a few hundred kilometers away in Geneva, the UN attempted to hold together the fragile Syrian peace talks.
On Tuesday, the main Syrian opposition delegation—the Higher Negotiations Committee—postponed its planned meeting with UN envoy Staffan de Mistura citing an escalation in violence in the war-torn country.
The Syrian government also denied formal peace negotiations had begun, despite the UN saying the six-month long talks had started in earnest last Friday.
Chief government negotiator, Bashar al-Jaafari, insisted that discussions were still “in a preparatory phase”, adding that the opposition delegation was not made up of “professional politicians”.

  Firm Strategy for Syria, Iraq
In Rome, coalition leaders agreed to keep up the battle against IS in Syria and Iraq after successfully pushing back IS fighters from several areas they previously held in both countries.
But simultaneously, the terrorist group has carved out territory in the center of Libya and many of its fighters have moved to the region.
Kerry, along with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, told their allies that IS was adapting to the pressure on its heartland and redirecting its efforts toward Libya.
In a statement following the talks, the US-led coalition described the “growing influence” of the terrorist group in Libya as a worrying development.
Libya became mired in chaos following the toppling of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Since 2014, the country has been split between two rival governments and the new UN-brokered unity government still does not have parliamentary approval.

  Leaders Backtrack
Despite reports that Paris was pushing for airstrikes, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius confirmed to reporters after the meeting that military action was not on the agenda.
Italy, whose southernmost territory lies less than 480 km from Libya, has said it would participate in a UN-authorized peacekeeping or stabilization mission.

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