Friday, April 1, 2011

NATO assumed control of operations in Libya

The Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) plans today to take command of international military operations in Libya, after the conclusion of a gradual transition process, said his spokeswoman Oana Lungescu. The spokesman said in Brussels, Belgium, the Allied command has already begun on Wednesday to give the first order to the international coalition forces so far led by the United States, France and the UK.

Lungescu explained that the transition of the coordination of operations is done gradually, in the time needed to process each military unit participating in the mission. NATO decided on Sunday to take over the control of all operations to protect civilians Libya, days after agreeing to limited command of the air exclusion zone determined by the United Nations.

The change means that the organization must also coordinate any attacks on ground targets, which initially sought to avoid the insistence of Turkey. Libya faces an internal conflict since 17 February when social protests began against the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, which were violently suppressed.

On 17 March, the Organization of the United Nations issued Resolution 1973 which establishes a no-fly zone in Libya, to protect civilians in the bombing of Qaddafi, operation led by an international coalition through Sunday.

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