OTTAWA - Canada is encouraged by reports that Libya has declared a ceasefire with rebel forces, but Ottawa will still send fighter jets to the region to help enforce a United Nations no-fly zone, the country's Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday.
Officials said six CF-18 jets would leave for the region later on Friday to join a Canadian frigate that is already there.
Harper spoke shortly after Libya said it would halt all military operations to protect its civilians and comply with a UN resolution authorizing a no-fly zone.
"We are encouraged by late-breaking news that, in response to the threat of military action, the Libyan regime has declared a ceasefire," Harper said in a statement.
"However, for that threat to remain credible, adequate military forces must be in place. Our deployment will therefore proceed."