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NATO girds for action over Libya

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NATO girds for action over Libya


The 28-member NATO military alliance has agreed to be in charge of the UN-backed, western-led coalition intervening in Libya.

A structure has been worked out to police the skies, enforce the arms embargo and safeguard civilian lives, though full coordination of the military machinery is expected to take several days.

The participation of Arab countries neighbouring Libya or elsewhere in the region is also being sought.

NATO has said a no-fly zone in Libya, which it agreed to enforce on Thursday, would be “impartial,” banning flights both by Gaddafi’s forces and his opponents. The arms embargo would be enforced in a similar way, applying to both sides.

Ahead of further high-level talks about political control of operations, talks set to take place this Tuesday in London, euronews spoke to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Rasmussen reiterated the mission was to protect civilians, and that no troops would be committed on the ground.

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