Politics & Policy

More on the Command Transfer in Libya

French foreign minister Alain Marie Juppé said a “contact group” composed of coalition foreign ministers, will give political direction for Libya operations. Presumably this means NATO will be providing command infrastructure only, perhaps as an attempt to answer worries from Turkey, Germany, and elsewhere.

UPDATE: Via AP, Turkey’s foreign minister confirms NATO will take on the command role in Libya:

“The coalition that was formed following the Paris meeting will abandon the mission and hand it over entirely to a single command system under NATO,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying by Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency.

“All of Turkey’s concerns, demands on the issue have been met,” he said, and NATO has promised to complete the work needed to take over the Libya mission “within one or two days.”

Earlier in the day, Turkey’s parliament authorized the government to participate in military operations in Libya, including the no-fly zone. Turkey is NATO’s only Muslim member.

Turkey’s government had insisted that any NATO mission, including the no-fly zone, must be restricted to protecting civilians, enforcing the arms embargo and providing humanitarian aid.

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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