NATO to take full command of Libya operations in days

Reuters News
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Posted: Mar 28, 2011 9:04 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The process of NATO taking full command of operations in Libya is expected to be completed "in a couple of days," a NATO spokeswoman said on Monday.

"Transition is under way. Nations are assigning assets to NATO authority as we speak. But... that transition is not instantaneous. It's a phased transition that's expected to take place over a couple of days," NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said.

NATO member states agreed on Sunday that they would take full command of all operations in Libya, ending a week of heated negotiation over the command structure.

Canadian Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, commander of the alliance operations, said NATO had already taken over the no-fly operation.