Lessons learned from failed Libya mission

30th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Lessons can be drawn from the failed Libyan evacuation mission, said Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He and ministers Uri Rosenthal Foreign Affairs and Hans Hillen Defence take responsibility for failures in the execution of the operation and “actions will be taken,” he said.

The government Tuesday debated mistakes made in the February mission that resulted in the arrest and 12-day detainment of three Dutch soldiers by supporters of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.  

“Whether and to what extent the problems could have been prevented, I cannot judge,” said Mr. Rutte, adding that full disclosure from the cabinet to the house could have been better afterwards. “This was not the image of a government that claims to be fully open,” he said. 

Despite problems, going ahead with the mission was not a mistake, the Prime Minister said.  


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