Nicolas Sarkozy announced on Saturday in Paris at the beginning of the coming hours air strikes against troops Gaddafi in Libya. "We made this decision together with Arab and European countries", — the president singled out France.
"Managing the Arab League and the European Union and U.S. officials have decided together to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973 and immediately end the hostilities and acts of violence against the civilian population in Libya. Participants agreed to use all necessary means, namely, a military character, in order to comply with the decision UN Security Council. In accordance with our agreement with our partners, our air force will fight against the Libyan Air Force Colonel Gaddafi in Benghazi, "- said Sarkozy after the international meeting on Libya at the Elysee Palace.
According to him, the "gate of diplomacy to settle in Libya unfold when the fighting ended acts." "Right now we are operating in Libya under the mandate of the UN Security Council, in cooperation with Arab partners — said Nicolas Sarkozy.
All the same, he said, the leaders of 22 countries gathered in Paris to discuss how to force action against the Libyan Muammar favorite Gaddafi, leave the door open for negotiations and claim that Gaddafi could avoid the worst.
In addition, the Acting Prime Minister of Belgium Yves Leterme also said that military strikes against Libya "May be applied the coming hours. "Belgium has provided its aircraft for the role in the operation in Libya.
TV channel "France-24" in their own comments do not rule out that the first blows may be applied to ground aircraft structure — airfields and radar. According to the channel, Sarkozy does not exclude the use of air power against Gaddafi's armored forces.
Multi-purpose fighter Rafale French Air Force had previously begun to produce reconnaissance flights over Libya. According to military sources in Paris flights "are maintained over the entire length of the Libyan countryside."