Norway deputes six warplanes to Libya action

  • AFP, Oslo
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  • Updated: Mar 19, 2011 20:58 IST

Norway will contribute six F-16 warplanes to an international military operation to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said on Saturday.

"Norway is prepared to send six F-16 airplanes to a military action in Libya. The planes can be in place within a few days," Stoltenberg told reporters in Paris, where he is attending a summit on Libya hosted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

"Norway will take its responsibility. We want to contribute to the resolution being carried out," he was quoted by news agency NTB as saying, referring to the adoption of a United Nations resolution establishing a no-fly zone over Libya.

Late on Friday, neighbouring Denmark's parliament voted unanimously to support a government proposal on sending warplanes to Libya.

The Danish defence ministry said in a statement the country would contribute four F-16s along with two reserve fighter jets and a transport plane.

A defence ministry spokesman told AFP the warplanes had left Denmark early on Saturday and had reached a military base in Sicily.


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