ROME (AP) -- Italy is pressing for swifter action by the United Nations to find a political solution to Libya's rapidly deteriorating security situation.
Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, speaking in Parliament Wednesday, urged the international community to "quicken its pace before it is too late."
Hours before a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on Libya, Gentiloni said the United Nations must "double its efforts" to promote political dialogue among Libyans who are divided among competing militias, Islamist faction and tribal rivalries.
Gentiloni said the only solution is a political one
Last week, Italy appeared to be supporting military intervention. Premier Matteo Renzi has since stressed diplomacy.
Egypt this week launched airstrikes in neighboring Libya after the Islamic State group posted a video of the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians there.