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

Canada says needs 2 days to prepare jets for Libya

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.

<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>

“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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