March 18, 2011 / 9:14 AM / 7 years ago

NATO to discuss alliance response on Libya

BRUSSELS, March 18 (Reuters) - NATO said its ambassadors would meet on Friday to discuss their response to the United Nations Security Council resolution authorising a no-fly zone and the use of force in Libya.

A NATO statement said the meeting would discuss “planning for all eventualities” and reiterated NATO conditions for any alliance operation: a demonstrable need for the alliance to act, firm regional support and a clear legal basis.

“Under those three conditions NATO stands ready to act as part of a broad international effort,” the statement said.

Any NATO operation needs to be approved by the 28 NATO states, and Turkey has spoken against alliance intervention in Libya, as has Germany, which abstained in Thursday’s U.N. vote.

The United Nations authorised military attacks on Muammar Gaddafi’s forces on Thursday to protect Libyan civilians and French diplomatic sources said action could follow within hours. France, Britain and possibly the United States and one or more Arab states could be involved. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom, editing by Tim Pearce)

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