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UN Security Council to Meet Wednesday on Libyan Crisis

UN Security Council to Meet Wednesday on Libyan Crisis
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. (Karim Sahibi/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 06:45 AM

The U.N. Security Council will meet on Libya in an emergency session Wednesday, as permanent council members expressed support for a resolution on a response to the country's crisis.

The meeting comes as Egypt presses the council to take action after the Islamic State group posted a video of the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.

At a meeting Tuesday between Egypt's foreign minister and the five permanent council members, "we agreed we would be working together on a draft resolution," Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters. He did not give details except to say this would be a different approach than the current coalition that is combating IS in Syria and Iraq.

"They want a resolution of support in the Security Council ... and we're there to support it and do the right thing," Churkin said. The other permanent council members, China, the United States, France and Britain, did not comment, with some saying it was too early.

Churkin said he, like other council members, would meet with Libya's foreign minister later Tuesday.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in a radio interview aired on Tuesday that creating a U.N.-backed coalition was the best course of action to rid Libya of Islamic extremists.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed al Dairi and the U.N. envoy to Libya are expected to brief the council Wednesday afternoon in a public meeting.

Omar Ihwainish, information officer for Libya's mission to the U.N., told The Associated Press that "there's nothing so far" on any request from his government to the U.N. on the crisis but that more will be known after al Dairi's meetings at the U.N. The foreign minister was already in a series of meetings Tuesday but did not comment.

Diplomats said Libya would need to submit a letter to the U.N. secretary-general and the Security Council requesting any U.N. support. The British deputy ambassador to the U.N., Peter Wilson, told reporters that his country had not seen such a letter.

"We're waiting to see what Foreign Minister Shoukry has to say," Wilson said.

Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim told reporters that the Arab Group would be meeting soon and that individual ambassadors had already called the Egyptian ambassador in support. Alhakim said he "absolutely" supports a plan for U.N. action.

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