The organisation proposes to enforce the no-fly zone in Libya and has pledged to take: ‘all necessary action’ to stop civilian attacks by the incumbent regime and: “.. to implement all aspects of the UN resolution. Nothing more, nothing less,” according to the organisation’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
NATO members, according the the rules of the organisation, need to decide now whether they will participate in the military operations and if so, their level of involvement. Only Germany so far has chosen to opt out of any military operations.
What is NATO
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO, is an international governmental military group which came into being as a result of the North Atlantic Treaty of 4 April 1949. It is headquartered in Brussels.
The essence of NATO is that all member states agree to a system of collective defence which means that if an external party attacks any member, then all members will join in its defence. In that regard, it would seem that its role in Libya presents a somewhat exaggerated extension of its remit especially as the Libyan regime did not attack any of of its members.
NATO has 28 members: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- NATO to enforce Libya no-fly zone: reports (marketwatch.com)
- NATO Takes Command of Libya Operation as Allies Step Up Attacks (businessweek.com)
- NATO to control Libya operation (number10.gov.uk)
- NATO approves expanded role in Libya – CNN International (news.google.com)
- Libya: Nato agrees to strike at Gaddafi’s forces on the ground (guardian.co.uk)
- Confused yet? (jackrich.wordpress.com)
- NATO could agree in hours on Libya operations (calgaryherald.com)
- NATO could agree in hours on Libya operations (reuters.com)
- NATO agrees to take full command of Libya operations (calgaryherald.com)
- Libya: NATO Takes Charge, but Will Europe Take the Lead? (time.com)