NATO move into Libya would be 'counter-productive': France

1st March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A NATO military intervention in Libya might be "extremely counter-productive" in the eyes of Arab public opinion and should be carefully considered, France's new Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday.

"I don't know what would be the reaction on the Arab street, if Arabs around the Mediterranean saw NATO forces landing on southern Mediterranean territory," he said.

"I think that could be extremely counter-productive," he said.

"Before reaching that point, we need to increase the pressure to make (Libyan leader Moamer) Kadhafi fall, he is going to fall... because he is alreadly isolated in Tripoli," said Juppe, who took over the post of France's top diplomat on Tuesday following the resignation of Michele Alliot-Marie.

© 2011 AFP

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