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LIBYA: NATO monitoring unrest, preparing for 'any eventuality'

February 25, 2011 | 10:42 am

North Atlantic Treaty Organization member states met in emergency session Friday to discuss the unraveling security situation in Libya, where the fight for control of Tripoli has intensified between supporters and opponents of Libyan strongman Moammar Kadafi.

NATO's North Atlantic Council convened in Brussels for a strategy session in which the military leaders were said to be contemplating imposing a no-fly zone over Libya to protect demonstrators agitating for Kadafi's downfall from air-to-ground gunfire and the import of arms and mercenaries.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen issued a statement after the gathering but disclosed few details of what actions the alliance of 28 nations might take.

"The North Atlantic Council met this afternoon to discuss the serious situation in Libya, which affects the safety and security of thousands of citizens, including from NATO countries," Rasmussen said. "The North Atlantic Council will continue to monitor the situation closely in coordination with the other international organizations and will continue to consult in order to be prepared for any eventuality."

The United Nations Security Council also planned an emergency session to discuss Libya later Friday.

-- Carol J. Williams