Belgium ready to intervene in Libya under NATO umbrella

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Belgium is ready to take part in military action in Libya under a NATO umbrella with six F-16 fighter planes and a frigate, European Affairs Minister Olivier Chastel said Friday.

The government decided to "tell NATO that we are available, offer what we have and wait for a common command," Chastel told reporters after a government meeting.

"Belgium has six F-16 jets currently stationed in Greece and a frigate in the Mediterranean" that could be used in a NATO mission, he said.

NATO ambassadors were meeting Friday to decide what role the 28-nation alliance may take after the UN Security Council approved military action to stop Moamer Kadhafi from wiping out rebels.

© 2011 AFP

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