Italy says in coalition on Libya 'without reserve'

By REUTERS
March 18, 2011 17:30


ROME - Italy is ready to take a full part in any military operation against Libya after a United Nations Security Council resolution, the country's Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa said on Friday.

"Some friendly nations, in particular Britain, France, the United States but also some Arab countries are already openly working to create this coalition of the willing, which we will join without any reserve," he told a hearing in the Senate.

He said Italy had the capacity to neutralize Libyan radar and Naples could be a coordination center for any airborne and naval operations.

There were seven bases potentially suitable for the operation and allies had already asked to use several of these, he said.


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