NATO took command international air operations over Libya Operation Unified Protector 0104111
Defense News - Libya
Friday, April 01, 2011, 11:07 AM
NATO took command of international air operations over Libya under Operation Unified Protector.
On Thursday morning March 31, 2011, at 0600 GMT, NATO took sole command of international air operations over Libya. The Alliance has the assets in place to conduct its tasks under Operation Unified Protector – the arms embargo, no-fly zone and actions to protect civilians and civilian centres.
NATO forces for operation Unified protector in Libya
All NATO Allies are committed to fulfill their obligations under the UN resolution. Since the resolution was passed on March 17, Allies have moved swiftly and decisively to enforce the arms embargo and no-fly zone called for in the resolution, and to take further measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas from attack.
NATO is impartial in this operation. The UN Security Council Resolution applies to all sides.
NATO is taking action as part of the broad international effort and looks forward to working with its partners in the region.
The handover of operations to NATO from the coalition will be carefully coordinated to make sure that de-confliction is assured and that full military coverage is maintained throughout.
Mission: On 27 March 2011, NATO decided to take on the whole military operation for Libya under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. The purpose of Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR is to protect civilians and civilian- populated areas under attack or threat of attack.
To carry out its mission, NATO implements all military aspects of UN Resolution 1973 related to the protection of civilians, the no-fly zone, and the arms embargo. NATO is impartial in this operation.
Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR is mandated under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 & 1973 set its legal mandate. In line with UNSCR 1973, NATO has no intention for any occupying force anywhere in Libya.
Operational Commander: Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard (CAN AF)