NATO meeting leads to more planning

Alliance leaders meeting at NATO headquarters, March 10, 2011.

From David Brunnstrom and Justyna Pawlak, Reuters:  Diplomats said a meeting of ambassadors from the 28 NATO states did not reach a decision on whether the alliance would take part in military operations against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi authorized by a United Nations resolution.

NATO diplomats said NATO planning had been confined to possibly assisting in implementing a "no-fly" zone rather than air strikes, which would probably involve individual states such as Britain and France rather than NATO. …

"Germany and Turkey have reservations, but nobody is blocking a consensus," one diplomat said. …

"Consensus was reached to complete planning. The instructions to the chain of command were finalized and the chain of command now needs to come back with a final plan."

One diplomat said NATO ambassadors could meet over the weekend to finalize planning and reach a political decision on how to proceed. 

From Steven Erlanger, the New York Times:  [French President Nicolas] Sarkozy reiterated that France would convene an urgent meeting on Saturday of European, African and Arab leaders to make decisions about Libya. French officials said those taking part would include Mr. Cameron; Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany; the head of the Arab League, Amr Moussa; and the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon. President Obama said Friday that he would send Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the meeting.  (photo: NATO)

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