27 Mar '11, 3pm

International forces won't arm Libyan rebels

LONDON: The coalition of international forces taking military action in Libya will not arm rebels fighting Libyan strongman Muammar al-Gaddafi's forces, British defence minister Liam Fox said on Sunday. Supplying weapons to the ragtag band of rebels to take on the superior firepower of Gaddafi's troops would be in breach of a UN arms embargo, he said. "We are not arming the rebels, we are not planning to arm the rebels," Fox told BBC television from a NATO meeting in Brussels, where the alliance looked set to take command of military operations against the Libyan leader. There was a UN arms embargo across the whole of the North African country and "we have to accept that," he added. His comments came after Britain's Sunday Times newspaper reported that London and its allies were drawing up plans to arm the Libyan rebels to speed up Gaddafi's defeat, citing defence sources....

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