Britain backs NATO Libya no-fly zone transition
Britain Thursday welcomed NATO's decision to take charge of enforcing a UN-mandated no-fly zone over Libya after days of strained negotiations.
"We welcome NATO's decision to take action to protect civilians in accordance with UNSCR 1973 and enforce a no-fly zone," a statement from Britain's Foreign Office (FCO) said.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced Thursday that agreement had been reached after Turkey, which opposed strikes against leader Moamer Kadhafi, accepted the transition of command from the coalition led by the US, Britain and France.
"This shows again the unity and speed of the international community's response," the FCO statement continued.
"It sends yet another signal to Kadhafi that he cannot ignore the world's united call for a ceasefire and condemnation of his brutal actions."
The news came as anti-aircraft fire lit up the skies in Tripoli, with at least three explosions shaking the capital and its eastern suburb of Tajura, AFP journalists said.
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