Spain expected to join NATO no-fly zone enforcement over Libya

12:25, March 20, 2011      

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Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is expected to confirm Spain's contribution of two air force bases at a summit in Paris to discuss the enforcement of a no-fly zone over Libya Saturday.

The no-fly zone resolution was passed early Friday at the U.N. Security Council.

Spain, which already has a patrol boat and a submarine stationed off the coast of Libya, offered NATO two air-force bases on Friday in the south of the country for any military operation against the north African country.

This Saturday's meeting in Paris is hosted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and will be attended by British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, representatives of the Arab League and the African Union as well as the leaders of UAE and Qatar.

The Spanish leader also met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday at his official residence in the Palacio de Moncloa.

In their joint press conference afterwards Zapatero took a tough line against Gadaffi, saying "the international community is not going to allow itself to be deceived by the Libyan regime and is going to verify the (U.N.) resolution with all means in its power."

Both Zapatero and Ban Ki-moon described the U.N. Security Council resolution as "historic," while Ban added he was grateful for Spain's efforts in ending the crisis in Libya.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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