Libya coalition partners to meet on Tuesday: France

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Posted: Mar 23, 2011 11:24 AM
Libya coalition partners to meet on Tuesday: France

PARIS (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from Western coalition partners taking part in a U.N.-mandated military intervention in Libya will meet in London Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Wednesday.

"I just took the initiative with my British colleague to gather in London next Tuesday a contact group including all the countries (in the coalition), plus the African Union, the Arab League and the European countries associated," Juppe told parliament.

French officials confirmed the meeting would be at foreign minister level. There was no immediate comment from Britain's Foreign Ministry.

"We will now move into a second phase and NATO will act as the planning tool and operational conduct of the (military) action," Juppe earlier told reporters in parliament.

"It won't be NATO that will have the political steering of the operation," he said.

(Reporting by John Irish and Leigh Thomas; Writing by Catherine Bremer)