More NATO nations must join Libya mission: Hillary
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 12:46
London: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged more NATO nations to take an operational role in the air campaign in Libya, and defended her own country's contribution to the mission.

Speaking ahead of President Barack Obama's scheduled two-day visit to Britain, Clinton acknowledged that additional support would help put military pressure on Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

"We have a lot of confidence in what our joint efforts are producing. We would like to see some other of our NATO friends and allies join in with us, in order to make sure that the pressure is maintained consistently," Clinton told reporters yesterday, following talks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Clinton also defended the contribution of the US which handed control of the mission to NATO in late March following questions over Obama's commitment.

"Even today, the United States continues to fly 25 per cent of all sorties, we continue to provide the majority of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets," Clinton said.

NATO said that 13 of its 28 member nations are offering equipment to the 17-nation strong alliance carrying out the air campaign in Libya.

Some British lawmakers have claimed that the UK and France have shouldered an unfair burden in the Libya campaign, and called on the US to deploy additional jets in an attempt to increase the pace of airstrikes.


First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 12:46

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