NATO to enforce no-fly zone in Libya: Rasmussen

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 24, 2011 6:24 PM
NATO to enforce no-fly zone in Libya: Rasmussen

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO countries agreed on Thursday to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya to protect civilians against Muammar Gaddafi's forces, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters.

He said the U.S.-led military alliance's mandate did not go beyond the no-fly zone but NATO could also act in self-defense.

He appeared to contradict an earlier statement by Turkey's foreign minister that NATO would take command of all coalition military operations in Libya.

"At this moment, there will still be a coalition operation and a NATO operation," Rasmussen said, adding that talks were continuing on possibly giving NATO a wider role.

(reporting by David Brunnstrom, writing by Paul Taylor).