NATO members have struck a deal in principle to take over command of military operations in Libya within days from the coalition led by Britain, France and the United States.
“NATO countries are in agreement to launch final planning, enabling it to take over the command from the coalition on Monday or Tuesday,” said the diplomat, who asked not to be named.
Another diplomatic source cautioned however that details remain to be worked out over a no-fly zone enforced by the coalition since Saturday, due to Ankara’s continued objections to strikes against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.
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After days of difficult talks, discussions continued late on Thursday at NATO’s Brussels headquarters.
In Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also announced the NATO takeover after a conference call with his US, French and British counterparts.