NATO not fully playing its role in Libya: France

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France's NATO allies are not pulling their weight in Libya and their forces should do more to help destroy Moamer Kadhafi's heavy weaponry, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday.

"NATO must fully play its role, and it is not doing so sufficiently," the minister told France Info radio, adding that France would bring the matter up with EU ministers on Tuesday and with NATO in Berlin on Thursday.

France which, with Britain and the United States, led the drive for air strikes against Kadhafi's forces, was sceptical about handing political control of the operation to the NATO Western alliance.

Now, Juppe said, it feels that the full coalition is not taking a robust enough attitude in pushing forward with the bombardment of Libyan government forces besieging rebel-held cities.

© 2011 AFP

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