UPDATE 2-France's Sarkozy, Britain's Cameron meet on Libya

Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:30pm GMT

* Sarkozy, Cameron meet to reaffirm Libya position

* Meeting comes amid signs of cracks in wider alliance

* Britain to send body armour to Libyan opposition rebels

(Adds French position on arming rebels)

By Yann Le Guernigou

PARIS, April 13 (Reuters) - France does not plan to start arming rebels in Libya, although it does not oppose others doing so, a French presidential source said on Wednesday after Franco-British talks on the deadlock in Libya.

The source, who was present at talks between President Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister David Cameron and their defence ministers, said France did not see the rebel force as sorely needing more arms.

"It doesn't seem necessary today because the national transition council is not having problems finding the weapons they need and friends to show them how to use them," he said.

"We are not doing it. And nor are the British as far as I know," he added. "It's a decision that's been taken (not to arm the rebels) but that does not mean we oppose those that do."   Continued...

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