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Diplomats report ongoing row within NATO over Libyan mission

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, March 20, IRNA -- NATO members meeting in Brussels on Sunday continued to argue on whether the western military pact should assume a formal role in the Libya campaign and the logistics of the operation, the German press report.

NATO ambassadors could not reportedly agree on a mandate to monitor the UN-mandated no-fly zone, unnamed diplomats were quoted saying.

Several countries expressed serious doubts about such a mandate. France, the United States and Britain attacked forces of the embattled Libyan ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as western powers on Saturday began enforcing the no-fly zone over the north African country.

A number of key NATO states, including Germany and Turkey, are not
participating in the Libyan military operation.

France remains opposed to a more distinct role of NATO in Libya, given its woeful reputation in the Arab world, according to diplomats.

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