NATO to run Libya no-fly zone but not all action

March 25, 2011 01:51


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BRUSSELS - NATO countries agreed on Thursday to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya to protect civilians against Muammar Gaddafi's forces, but fell short of taking full command of all military operations in the North African state.

Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters after four days of grueling negotiations that the US-led military alliance's mandate did not extend beyond enforcing an arms embargo and the no-fly zone, although NATO could also act in self-defense.Turkey's foreign minister said earlier that NATO would take over command of all coalition military operations in Libya from the United States.

Asked whether NATO would be able to strike at ground forces or take action against Gaddafi, Rasmussen said: "At this moment, there will still be a coalition operation and a NATO operation."

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