NATO Postpones Libya Operation Command for 24 Hours

World | March 29, 2011, Tuesday // 16:58|  views

Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says NATO is going to take appropriate action in support of the UN resolution as part of the broad international effort. Photo by BGNES

NATO is postponing taking over the command of the coalition military operation in Libya by 24 hours.

The transfer will happen on Thursday, March 31, at 6 am Greenwich time (8 am Bulgarian time), the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, informs Tuesday, citing a diplomat from the Alliance.

On Sunday, the NATO members officially agreed to act under the mandate of resolution 1973 of the UN Security Council and take over the command with US President, Barack Obama, saying it must happen no later then Wednesday.

The diplomat, wishing to remain anonymous, has reported the Alliance needs one more day for the safe and secure transfer of the command and over clarifications expected to be offered by some of its Member States during the international conference on Libya in London scheduled for Tuesday.

The military operation in Libya aims at protecting civilians from the forces of dictator Muamar Gaddafi.

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