William Hague urges NATO to take over Libya operation

Updated on Mar 24, 2011 06:59 PM IST

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague called on Thursday for NATO to take over control of Libyan operations as soon as possible, and condemned the continued "appalling violence" by its rulers against civilians.

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Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague called on Thursday for NATO to take over control of Libyan operations as soon as possible, and condemned the continued "appalling violence" by its rulers against civilians.

Britain, along with other coalition members, has carried out air strikes to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya since Saturday.

"The case for this action remains utterly compelling, appalling violence against Libyan citizens continues to take place exposing the regime's claims to have ordered a ceasefire to be an utter sham," he told parliament.

"These coalition operations are currently under United States command, but we want them to transition to NATO command and control as quickly as possible."

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