NATO will not side with rebels in Libya

NATO is not going to side with the opposition rebels, diplomatic sources say, insisting that NATO will restrict itself to protecting civilians from attacks of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

This was reported following the announcement of NATO officially taking over command of the allied operation in Libya. The latter decision was taken at a meeting of member countries on Sunday evening.

According to the UN Security Council resolution of March 17th, the international coalition can use “all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya.”

On March 19th the allied air forces of the USA, Britain, France and several other nations launched a military operation “Odyssey Dawn”, aimed at ensuring a no-fly zone over Libya and an arms embargo. 

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