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UK does not rule out arming Libyan rebels

Britain does not rule out supplying arms to Libyan rebels but has not taken a decision to do so, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

world Updated: Mar 30, 2011 17:32 IST

Britain does not rule out supplying arms to Libyan rebels but has not taken a decision to do so, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

"The arms embargo applies to the whole territory of Libya, but at the same time UN Security Council resolution 1973 allows all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas," Cameron told Parliament.

"Our view is that this would not necessarily rule out the provision of assistance to those protecting civilians in certain circumstances.

"So ... we do not rule it out but we have not taken the decision to do so," Cameron said.