NATO takes command in Libya air operations

  • 31 Mar. 2011 -
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  • Press Release (2011) 040
  • Issued on 31 Mar. 2011
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  • Last updated: 31 Mar. 2011 10:55

On Thursday morning at 0600 GMT, NATO took sole command of international air operations over Libya.

Trapani, Italie  Des chasseurs CF-188 Hornet du 425e Escadron tactique de chasse de Bagotville en vol au dessus de la mer Méditerannée pràs de Trapani en Italie, le 29 mars 2011.  Crédit photo : Caporal Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Caméra de Combat des Forces Canadiennes © 2011, DND-MDN Canada

The Alliance  has the assets in place to conduct its tasks under Operation Unified Protector – the arms embargo, no-fly zone and actions to protect civilians and civilian centres.

In line with the mandate of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, NATO’s focus is on protecting civilians and civilian-populated areas against the threat of attack.

Please note that at 13:30 (Brussels local time) the NATO Spokesperson, Oana Lungescu will brief the press. This briefing can be followed live via webstreaming. She will be joined by Admiral Giampaolo di Paola, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, and from Naples via video teleconference, by Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, Commander of Operation Unified Protector.