No 'political leadership' role for NATO in Libya: France
NATO will not take "political leadership" of the international coalition in Libya but will have a planning and operational role to enforce a UN-backed no-fly zone, the French foreign minister said Wednesday.
"NATO will intervene as a tool for planning and operational action" in applying the no-fly zone provided for in UN Security Council Resolution 1973, Alain Juppe said at a press conference.
"It will not exercise political leadership" of the coalition, he said.
This role would fall to a committee of foreign affairs ministers from coalition countries taking part in military operations along with the Arab League, he said.
Juppe proposed the creation of such a "contact group" on Tuesday.
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