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British missiles 'target Libyan air defences'

Updated: 2011-03-24 19:25


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LONDON -- A Royal Navy submarine has launched further missile strikes against Libyan air defense targets as part of the  coordinated coalition action in support of enforcing UN resolution 1973, said a statement released by British Defense Ministry on Thursday.

In the statement, the Chief of Defense Staff's Strategic Communication Officer Major General John Lorimer said that British Armed Forces have again participated in a coordinated strike against Libyan air defense systems in support of resolution 1973.

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Britain launched guided Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) from a Trafalgar Class submarine at Air Defense targets as part of the coalition plan to enforce the resolution.

"Britain and her International partners remain engaged in operations to support United Nations Security Resolution 1973, to enforce the established No-Fly Zone and to ready the UK's contribution to the NATO arms embargo of Libya," Lorimer said.

On Wednesday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that Britain will host an international conference on Libya in London next Tuesday.

Hague said, "At the conference we will discuss the situation in Libya with our allies and partners and take stock of the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973."

"We will consider the humanitarian needs of the Libyan people and identify ways to support the people of Libya in their aspirations for a better future," he said.

A wide and inclusive range of countries will be invited, particularly from the region. The meeting will form a contact group of nations to push forward efforts in this regard.


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