NATO agrees to take full command of Libya operations

By REUTERS
March 27, 2011 20:25

 
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BRUSSELS - NATO agreed on Sunday to take full command of military operations in Libya, a diplomat and a NATO official said.

"NATO has decided today to implement all aspects of the UN resolution 1973 to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack from the Gaddafi regime," a NATO official said after a meeting of the 28-member alliance.

A diplomat from a NATO member state said the decision meant NATO now had full control of all aspects of the operation, ending nearly a week of heated negotiations over the chain of command.

"Everything will now be under NATO," the diplomat said.

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