NATO has announced it is to reposition its naval forces closer to Libya with all military options seemingly on the table.
NATO leaders met in Brussels to discuss the on-going crisis. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said the alliance was still planning for all eventualities.
Hurdles remain, notably imposing a no-fly zone, but the military organisation’s chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO remained united as he announced the redeployment.
“It has been decided to increase the presence of Nato Maritime assets in the central Mediterranean,” he said. “These ships will improve Nato situational awareness which is vital in the current circumstances.’‘
“So, our message today is, Nato is united, Nato is vigilant, Nato is ready to act,” he added.
NATO countries, in particular the US, still appear to want broader UN endorsement before committing to a ‘no fly zone’ over Libya. For the moment, both Russia and China remain opposed to such a step and could veto it in the UN Security Council.