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France, UK want NATO more active in Libya

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France, UK want NATO more active in Libya


France and Britain have criticised NATO’S bombing campaign in Libya, saying the organisation must do more to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi. The French and British were the first to launch air attacks on Libya with the United States.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said: “NATO must play its role fully. NATO wanted to take the military direction of operations, and we accepted it. Now it must prevent Gaddafi repeatedly using heavy weapons against populations.”

British Foreign Secretary William Hague also called for additional attacks: “Clearly there is more to be done!”

NATO responded officially to Juppé by saying it was conducting military operations in Libya “with vigour within the current UN mandate”. Some analysts say Juppé‘s remarks may be aimed at reducing expectations for swift results.

The tensions within the Atlantic alliance came after heavy shelling and street fighting in the coastal city of Misrata on Monday where Human Rights Watch says at least 250 people, mostly civilians, have died.

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