Dutch troops to boost no-fly zone
As NATO members struck a deal in principle in Brussels on Thursday to take over command of military operations in Libya within days, the Netherlands has agreed to take part in the no-fly zone. The command is currently in control of a coalition led by Britain, France and the United States.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte confirmed his commitment to the operation now that the handover to NATO forces is imminent in the early hours of Friday morning, but warned that the Dutch will not participate in armed attacks. Mr Rutte said Dutch troops would only be deployed to support enforcement of the no-fly zone only.
The prime minister will draw up a proposal “as soon as possible” and put it to a vote in parliament. Mr Rutte said he expects wide support from MPs, given the broad support for an arms embargo in the Lower House last Wednesday evening.
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