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Bulgaria sends warship to join operation against Gaddafi regime

RIA Novosti

05:12 31/03/2011 BELGRAD, March 31 (RIA Novosti) - The Bulgarian government has decided to send a frigate to the Libyan coast to enforce the embargo on arms supplies to forces loyal to dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Bulgarian BNT television said.

Bulgaria, a NATO member, will deploy frigate Druzki (Daring) in the Mediterranean for three months starting April 15.

The warship will sail with a crew of 160, and have "special naval units", military police and English and Arab interpreters on board, BNT said.

NATO agreed on March 23 to use naval and air power to enforce an arms embargo on Libya.

The NATO forces are authorized to monitor, report and interdict vessels suspected of carrying illegal arms or mercenaries to support Gaddafi regime.

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