MPs back expanding Dutch role in Libya to no-fly zone

A majority of MPs is in favour of expanding the Dutch role in Libya to include monitoring the no-fly zone, according to media reports on Friday afternoon.

The cabinet is to send a briefing to parliament later in the day outlining exactly what the Netherlands is prepared to add to the Nato mission.
The Netherlands has already sent six F-16 fighter jets and has committed 200 military personal to help monitor the arms embargo.
Prime minister
The Netherlands hopes to become part of the Nato team monitoring the no-fly zone over Libya as soon as possible, prime minister Mark Rutte told reporters on Thursday evening.
After several days of dissention, Nato has agreed to take command of enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya from the US. The handover could take place as early as this weekend, according to the BBC.
Rutte had earlier on Thursday criticised the slow Nato decision-making process. The Netherlands said last week it is only prepared to take action in Libya under Nato command.

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