Merkel 'sceptical' on Libya military intervention

11th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday she is "fundamentally sceptical" as to the prospect of military intervention in Libya at the present time.

"Given the situation today, I don't see a military engagement," Merkel said, putting the brakes on a push by France and to a lesser extent Britain for tougher action against Moamer Kadhafi's regime.

However, "each day presents us with a new situation," she added after an emergency summit of European Union leaders in Brussels.

Merkel stressed that in all cases, "a clear legal basis," which the bloc accepts means a United Nations Security Council resolution, would be required for military intervention, based on demonstrable need and strong support from regional partners.

"If all the conditions are met, we could look at whether it should be on the table," she said.

But for now, Berlin wants to "wait and see how things evolve."

© 2011 AFP

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