NATO has agreed on Friday 25 of March to take over from United States the responsibility of enforcing the no-fly zone in Libya. The announcement came on the same day that Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi challenged the no-fly zone, only to see one of his few remaining planes destroyed by a French jet. In acknowledging the transition to a NATO command, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this evening highlighted the successes of the no-fly zone’s initial U.S.-led phase.

The US, Britain, France and Turkey agreed to put the three-pronged offensive – a no-fly zone, an arms embargo, and air strikes – under a NATO command, in a climb-down by France that took into consideration the strong Turkish complaints about the scope and control of the campaign.

The deal appeared to end days of infighting among western allies, but needed to be agreed upon by all 28 NATO member states. At the end of a four-day meeting of NATO ambassadors in Brussels, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general, said NATO had agreed to take command of the no-fly zone from the Americans.. Rasmussen contradicted leading western officials by announcing that NATO’s authority was limited to commanding the no-fly zone, but he signaled there was more negotiation to come.

Comment:
Sad to see Libya being occupied by foreign forces. Domestic infighting has opened ample space for foreign forces to invade the country. We are asking why African Union are not doing any discussion rather than leaving the way to US and Allied forces including NATO. Perhaps they lack action. Very much similar to OIC. I think Gaddafi shouldn’t handle uprising of his own people the way he handled: by sending jet and armored forces. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was wrong when he strongly announced to fight his own people the day they revolt. It is clear that the fight will continue…

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