France and Britain have no intention of arming the Libyan rebels but will do what they can in other ways to support the insurgents.
President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister David Cameron met in Paris to consolidate their joint position on the Libyan conflict.
Both fear the situation becoming a protracted stalemate, but sending arms has the inherent risk of not knowing in whose hands they will end up.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“We have already given them communications equipment, satellite phones. We will also be giving them body armour that the British army no longer needs. I will be looking at all steps that we can take to help these people.”
Their meeting also cemented the Franco-British position in favour of ramping up air strikes on Muammar Gaddafi’s military. Both countries have been frustrated at the smaller role played by allies and are urging NATO to increase their sorties.