March 19, 2011 / 1:57 PM / 7 years ago

Canada says needs 2 days to prepare jets for Libya

<p>Peter MacKay ,Minister of National Defence, has his microphone replaced by Major Paul Doucette prior to a communications contract announcement for the Navy and Coast Guard at CFB Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 19, 2011. MacKay also commented on the deployment of the six CF-18 fighters and the frigate HMCS Charlottetown to Libya. REUTERS/Paul Darrow (CANADA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS)</p>

PARIS (Reuters) - Canada backs the idea of taking swift military action in Libya but it would need two days to prepare its military aircraft for an operation, a government spokesman said during international talks in Paris.

“While Canada supports quick action, Canadian fighter jets have just reached the region and will require two days to prepare for any mission,” a spokesman for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Reuters by email.

Earlier, a source close to the talks said France, Britain and Canada could launch a first wave of air strikes as soon as talks wind up on Saturday afternoon, with the aim of halting Muammar Gaddafi’s latest advance on rebels.

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