Number 10 has welcomed NATO's decision to take over responsibility of enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya.
The United Arab Emirates has also announced that it will become the second Arab state, after Qatar, to send warplanes to contribute to the no-fly zone operation.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said:
Last night’s decisions by NATO and by the UAE demonstrate the strength and breadth of the coalition involved in protecting the people of Libya.
NATO’s decision to assume command and control of the no fly zone, in addition to the arms embargo already being enforced, is a significant step forward and will ensure that the Alliance’s tried and tested machinery is used to best effect.
The UAE’s decision to contribute 12 planes to the no fly zone operation is evidence of the real and tangible Arab role, building on the leadership the Arab League as a whole showed when they originally led calls for a no fly zone over Libya.
Britain welcomes both of these important developments. They reinforce international efforts to implement UNSCR 1973 and protect the people of Libya.”