Italy to send 10 military instructors to help Libyan rebels

Italy is to send 10 military instructors to help Libyan rebels in their battles against government forces, Italian Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa said Wednesday.

According to ANSA news agency, La Russa said the decision was taken after talks between Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who will also send 10 trainers to Libya.

The 10 instructors will leave for Libya after planning details are worked out, he told local media after meeting with his British counterpart Liam Fox.

France and Britain have announced their willingness to send military officers to Libya to help rebel forces support the NATO air campaign that has failed to curb the offensive of the Libyan government forces.

However, La Russa ruled out Italy sending ground troops to Libya as Foreign Minister Franco Frattini repeatedly expressed recently.

[Source: Xinhua, Rome, 20Apr11]

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