NATO's Libya campaign gets "additional contributions"

NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said on Thursday that "quite a few" NATO countries had pledged more support for the military alliance's mission in Libya.

"In this morning's North Atlantic Council, quite a few allies made additional contributions to the mission, so in terms of staff and resources, we remain fully confident that all allies are continuing to contribute to this mission in the ways that they can," Lungescu told a press briefing at NATO headquarters.

"They continue to support it both in terms of political will and contribution in assets and resources to see it through," she said.

However, the spokeswoman declined to give more details.

Fourteen of 28 NATO member countries are contributing forces to the Libya operation, but only eight have agreed to launch air raids, with Britain and France carrying the bulk of the airstrikes.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called for NATO countries to make more contributions to the mission.

[Source: Xinhua, Brussels, 07Jul11]

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