France declared the military action in Libya still will last for weeks. Meanwhile NATO continues to try to reach an agreement for a command structure of the Libyan mission under NATO.
Fierce fighting raged between troops continued to pro-Libyan ruler Muammar al Qaddafi against Western coalition forces. Launched air strikes in addition to the targets in the capital Tripoli, for the first time expanded to the south. Libyan military report, the Western coalition bombed a military base in the town of Sebha and Al Djufra about 800 km south of the capital Tripoli. Also the battle ground between pro-Qaddafi troops against insurgents continue to flare, especially around town and Misrata Ajdabiya in western Libya.
Ruler of Libya, Muammar al-Qaddafi in his speech on Tuesday (22/03) night continued to inflame the spirit of its supporters, “All over the world held demonstrations for the problem of Libya, in Asia, in Africa, in America, in Europe. The people on our side. What we oppose, is a minority. “
On the other hand, the British military reported, the Libyan air force has been successfully destroyed. Also Libyan air defense system attacks suffered enormous damage.
Young Marshal Greg Bagwell of the British royal air force at the time of visiting a military base in southern Italy, said “We now continue to increase pressure on the Libyan armed forces. Force no longer exist air and air defense systems attack heavily damaged, so can the Western coalition warplanes fly to the intended target almost without a hitch. “
Meanwhile, NATO began to implement an arms embargo against Libya, according to UN resolutions. This defense alliance announced in Brussels, Belgium, war ships are now patrolling in the coastal region of Libya. However, internal disputes involving cross in the future NATO role in guarding the UN resolution for military action against Libya, has not yet been completed. Especially against the Turkish military operation against Libya.
In this regard, NATO commander for Europe, U.S. Admiral James Stavridis visited Ankara, Turkey, for talks special. It is estimated, the visit was an attempt to forge an agreement for the command structure of military mission in Libya under the leadership of NATO.
In a meeting in Brussels earlier, NATO’s 28 members failed to reach an agreement regarding the question, in what form and extent of the political role of the defense alliance in the future, the implementation of UN resolutions against Libya. So far, France and Britain took the initiative to take over political leadership of the military mission in Libya, in relation to the attitude of the United States more restraint.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Thursday (24/03) to the radio station RTL confirmed, the Western coalition forces will continue attacking military targets in Libya from the air, as long as it is needed. French Foreign Minister was also attractive balance sheet, continuous air attacks launched since Saturday (19/03) and then as a success.
Instead China continues to criticize the military action in Libya and demanded immediate ceasefire were established. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu in Beijing in a routine press conference pointed out, the fighting in Libya to shake the stability of the entire region.